Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 20, 2013
    70
    Drifters/Love Is the Devil spans nearly every sound in Dirty Beaches' musical spectrum to make another strongly evocative album in Hungtai's body of work.
  2. Jun 19, 2013
    70
    As tough sledding as Drifters/Love Is the Devil can be both psychically and musically, there are enough moments of enlightenment that make you more than willing to follow Hungtai wherever he goes.
  3. May 23, 2013
    84
    These records, steeped in reference and atmosphere, draw on memory but, being so textured and tactile, they bring the focus back to the present moment.
  4. Jun 18, 2013
    60
    The first half of this double album follow-up picks up Badlands' wayward trail.... As the set wears on, Hungati's soundtrack-composer instincts take over. [Jul 2013, p.84]
  5. 60
    There are magic moments, but the overall effect might make you drift off rather than have you on the edge of your seat.
  6. Jun 5, 2013
    55
    This is the album Hungtai needed to record, but not necessarily the record his burgeoning audience wanted to experience.
  7. May 16, 2013
    80
    On the whole, the double-album is an impressive and engaging aural expedition.
  8. May 16, 2013
    70
    From a listening perspective Drifters is an engaging, and often intriguing concoction. Slightly less appetising is the drawn out and mostly instrumental ambience of Love is the Devil.
  9. 70
    Hungtai’s ideas swing rapidly from beautiful to chaotic to completely atonal.
  10. May 22, 2013
    80
    For those with autumn coursing through their veins, they’d do well to assuage their summer by keeping Dirty Beaches’ Drifters/Love is The Devil coursing through their headphones.
  11. May 21, 2013
    76
    The gloomy and beautiful tracks on Love is the Devil may be pointing a way forward for Dirty Beaches, they may have been conceived as a spiritual complement to Drifters, or they may just be a temporary detour; whatever their intent though, their presence is a welcome addition to the Dirty Beaches catalog.
  12. May 16, 2013
    80
    Slowly unfolding ambient pieces still display a gritty, second-hand quality, but that fits the vibe of the record: never-ending travel, where the only constant is loneliness.
  13. May 17, 2013
    72
    It’s a demanding, damn good and rewarding listen, one that squeezes your heart and head through shaking fingers.
  14. Jun 6, 2013
    80
    Though it’s tough to get a sense of what exactly it is that’s causing all of this suffering, the details don’t seem so important in the end, as Drifters / Love Is the Devil is the sound of pure isolation and dread wrapped in one bleary, beautiful package.
  15. Jun 18, 2013
    75
    Love Is The Devil draws more obviously from film music, creating a moving, mostly instrumental platter loaded with evocative drones and coarse textures. [No.99, p.55]
  16. May 17, 2013
    80
    This minimal format emphasizes Hungtai's talent for setting a skin-crawling mood.
  17. 75
    Drifters/Love Is The Devil isn’t always an unqualified success, but more often than not it displays Dirty Beaches as a project increasingly adept at the scattershot of styles, imprinted with Hungtai’s own recognisable mark.
  18. May 28, 2013
    70
    Individually these would be two good albums. But as a complimentary pair they become much more.
  19. He’s fulfilled every promise made by Badlands and then some, and despite whatever depths of pain made such an eruption of shattered awesome possible, he’s managed not just one of the best albums of the year, but one of the most genuinely moving, as well.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 7, 2013
    10
    BPM said it the best, such an eruption of shattered awesome. This albums filled with pain yet it shouts through it like its having a big drunk, drug filled party, rarely giving into the pain and when it does, beautifuly. One of the best of the year. Full Review »