Hearts

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 18, 2011
    60
    Pitched somewhere between synthed-up '80s mood-out and electronic-infused shoegaze, the Swedish duo I Break Horses may have a slightly off-kilter name, but Hearts is a fine, if often derivative, debut album, a classic instance of a band knowing who and what they love, but not to the point of making it their own.
  2. Aug 25, 2011
    72
    It's music you might hear in a CB2 furniture store-- languorous and luxurious in tempos and tone, but without any sort of sentiment outside of the swooning used to implant the idea in your brain that you might have sex or do drugs on that reasonably priced but fashionable couch.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 19, 2011
    60
    A promising opening gambit. [Sep 2011, p.89]
  4. Q Magazine
    Aug 16, 2011
    60
    Swedes channel shoegaze on strangely beautiful debut. [Sept. 2011, p. 113]
  5. Mojo
    Aug 26, 2011
    60
    Hearts is meta-shoegazing, a melody-driven dive into mist, where focus is difficult. [Sept. 2011, p. 97]
  6. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    What this duo have is exactly that – heart. They also have balls to spare, but don't tell them that – those little fellas get into all kinds of trouble. Wouldn't want to worry them.
  7. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    Hearts is an album-lover's album--nine meticulously constructed, knockout tracks, lacking both filler and repetition. Easily one of the best debuts--and possibly one of the best albums--of the year.
  8. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    Hearts is not an album of change, but one that revels in the joy of what you know.
  9. 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.
  10. Aug 18, 2011
    60
    Music and performer as one, it's hard to know where I Break Horses begin and their walls of sound end. Vocalist and Swedish nephilim Maria Lindén is a calming apparition, yet indeterminate when overpowered by the huge celestial sheets of Fredrik Balck's new wave order.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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