Hearts - I Break Horses
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the Swedish duo of Maria Linden and Fredrik Balck.
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  1. Despite I Break Horses' songs being dense, the range of instrumentation that they use is slim, and therefore the use of these tools repeatedly is going to result in some expectedly less-inspired moments.
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    The title may be misleading: if there are hearts on this stirring debut they're the blood-racing, pulse-quickening kind rather than any idly-doodled kitsch.
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    Hearts is not an album of change, but one that revels in the joy of what you know.
  4. Aug 18, 2011
    70
    No moulds are broken here, but the occasional breeze drummed up by the couple's galloping minds is in many ways cool.
  5. Aug 26, 2011
    70
    So in spite of the complacency of the later tracks, there are enough stellar moments here to make it worth keeping an eye out for I Break Horses.
  6. Aug 16, 2011
    60
    Swedes channel shoegaze on strangely beautiful debut. [Sept. 2011, p. 113]
  7. Aug 26, 2011
    60
    Hearts is meta-shoegazing, a melody-driven dive into mist, where focus is difficult. [Sept. 2011, p. 97]

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