Confess

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Jul 10, 2012
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Aug 3, 2012
    60
    It's difficult to say that there are some great songs on this album, but it's true; unfortunately Lewis fails to take advantage of this fact by lagging behind the innovation and originality of the preceding 80's revivalist movement.
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 2, 2012
    40
    Too often, these songs feel as though they're being executed with an arched eyebrow, Lewis Jr. peering knowingly from behind the curtain with a nod and a wink. [Aug 2012, p.110]
  3. Mojo
    Jul 19, 2012
    60
    Lewis hasn't topped 2010's masterful Forget, but he has proved it was no fluke. [Aug 2012, p.87]
  4. Jul 9, 2012
    50
    Pretty okay.... The lyrics, typical alpha-male self-pity material, aren't all that bad, really, but they're often curdled by the delivery.
  5. Jul 5, 2012
    60
    Pure pop is an unforgiving master and a slight dip in quality results in the flaccid 'Patient' sounding like a blighted Go West off-cut. Fitfully good.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 13, 2012
    9
    A very strong, albeit somewhat expected, transition from his earlier release, Forget. Lewis has honed hisA very strong, albeit somewhat expected, transition from his earlier release, Forget. Lewis has honed his Duran-Duran-Seagulls-Tears/Fears-Bowie-Lost Boys-esque sound to a high-gloss sheen. Great stuff to put on and slip away into a distant, pastel-hued past; creepingly clever lyrics. In summary, it's the idea of the 80s as you wanted them to be -- funny thing this guy wasn't even old enough to remember. Full Review »
  2. Feb 14, 2016
    8
    After a storming debut, Twin Shadow follows up with what is arguably a more appealling album from start to finish. What you get at the core isAfter a storming debut, Twin Shadow follows up with what is arguably a more appealling album from start to finish. What you get at the core is pop music but with a dark and brooding atmosphere a la Depeche Mode. I admit that this is a lazy comparison - Twin Shadow brings more to the table than simply rethreading ground covered in the 80's but he is hugely inspired by the electro/synth pop of that period - Depeche Mode give you a rough idea of what you get here but with a 21st century tasted and Twin Shadow's original stamp present throughout. Again, it's the production that stands out on close, repeated listening. For some, "Confess" might lack the freshness of "Forget" but I don't agree with this as both albums are rooted in a sound that dates back 30 years or so. "Freshness" doesn't come into it. Twin Shadow has surprised me with how much I like his stuff and I would definitely recommend you check out his first two albums. Full Review »
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    9
    Confess is a much more confident, follow up to Forget and this is a definite positive. This new Twin Shadow is a much less likeable characterConfess is a much more confident, follow up to Forget and this is a definite positive. This new Twin Shadow is a much less likeable character than the one we heard in Forget, but an admirable one. Joyful and nostalgic soundscapes can be found across the board with highlights in Five Seconds, Mirror in the Dark and You Call Me On Full Review »