Cupid Deluxe - Blood Orange
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  • Summary: The second release from Dev Hynes as Blood Orange includes guest appearances from such artists as Adam Bainbridge of Kindness, Clams Casino, MC Despot, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, Skepta, and Samantha Urbani of Friends.
  • Record Label: Domino
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative Dance, Chillwave
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Dec 2, 2013
    Floating gracefully, and guided by a stylish demigod of his own imagining, he glides atop the current of the zeitgeist as globalized and immediately accessible as the modern urban hub he calls home.
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    Cupid Deluxe picks up where that track ["Everything Is Embarrassing"] left off: Blood Orange's sophomore effort chronicles alienation and broken romance with slow, melancholic, '90s-gazing jams.
  3. Nov 27, 2013
    Where ‘Coastal Grooves’ felt like an indie kid playing at being an r’n’b superstar, here the metamorphosis seems complete.
  4. Nov 22, 2013
    There’s a bravery to Hynes’ vulnerability here. He finds what he’s looking for, and he doesn’t flinch.
  5. Nov 20, 2013
    Cupid Deluxe is a more mature and collaborative affair that sees Hynes marinate his songs in an early-'90s soul-funk fusion that foregrounds groove over melody. [Dec 2013, p.65]
  6. 70
    Though the second half of Cupid Deluxe occasionally meanders and loses the immediacy of the first four songs, there are bright spots throughout. Hynes’s production is top notch, providing crisp treatments for his diverse, moody, NYC-inspired pop songs.
  7. Nov 14, 2013
    It’s an effortless but unpredictable experience. Hynes may not turn up until midway through a song, but he glides seamlessly into the album’s comfortable atmosphere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 7, 2013
    I really enjoyed the 80's feel in this album. It brought back a lot of fond memories. The production is great, and so are the vocals. The saxophones are particularly mesmerizing. Overall, the album is one big beautiful surprise. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2013
    At first, it kind of felt like all of the songs were pretty much the same. But then I started listening to the album a few more times, and not only does that become an appreciation, and a good thing, but it starts to give the album a certain feel and vibe throughout that enhances it. I don't think it's necessarily a work of genius, but incredibly pleasant in a melancholy way. Expand