Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 7, 2012
    80
    Kill for Love is also one of the finest records to surface this year.
  2. It's not quite a masterpiece, but its successes are both grand and numerous enough to suggest that the next time Chromatics come around, they'll likely be delivering one.
  3. May 2, 2012
    78
    Kill for Love may not be nearly as focused and razor-sharp as Night Drive, but it's twice as much fun and just as confidently personalized--just as purely Chromatics.
  4. 90
    With Kill For Love, it almost feels like the man's true thesis, as if he's strung together all his ideas, feelings, and sounds into one colossal being that acts less like an album and more like a highly organized archive.
  5. Apr 25, 2012
    90
    This is a modern masterpiece, it's as simple as that.
  6. Apr 25, 2012
    50
    Lacking a clear story arc or point of catharsis, Kill for Love drifts off into its own gorgeous gloom.
  7. Apr 25, 2012
    70
    Kill For Love matures with each listen, and there's enough craftsmanship at work to more than compensate for the more listless moments.
  8. Kill For Love keeps in this spirit, playing with the attention to detail of an art-house movie (and a near 1½-hour running time).
  9. Jul 24, 2012
    70
    It's a handsome work, but it really could have done with a bit of judicious editing.
  10. May 3, 2012
    80
    If Kill For Love doesn't make you a Chromatics believer, nothing will.
  11. Apr 25, 2012
    87
    It's not just a collection of hits; it's an album, one that gives the project's familiar nocturnal foreboding a new sense of grandeur.
  12. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    It's a keeper, a dark passenger for long roads ahead and a heavyweight contender for record of the year.
  13. May 18, 2012
    90
    Its power and poise never ceases for 90 wonderful minutes.
  14. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    Kill for Love is a great tribute to the grueling power of fatigue, an album that turns a dearth of ideas into a virtue.
  15. Apr 25, 2012
    58
    The ambience is fine enough, but it's probably worth just waiting for the movie.
  16. Apr 25, 2012
    88
    Johnny Jewel's trademark retro-futuro-electro production sound underpins this 16-track set with a dreamy, after-the-afterparty atmosphere that feels like it could go on all night long.
  17. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    This is a sexy album.
  18. Apr 26, 2012
    80
    The album [has] a weave and flow that makes incredible sense. With a clear opening and finale, upbeat moments and downbeat ones, romance, tragedy, and plot twists, Kill for Love feels less like an album and more like a feature film.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 3, 2013
    6
    A dreamy, nicely recorded dream pop journey that starts in a lovely, seductive world and ends up driving you batty if you take the ride andA dreamy, nicely recorded dream pop journey that starts in a lovely, seductive world and ends up driving you batty if you take the ride and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2012
    8
    Opening your album with a Neil Young cover is always a win! An interesting followup to their success on the "Drive" soundtrack. Lengthy butOpening your album with a Neil Young cover is always a win! An interesting followup to their success on the "Drive" soundtrack. Lengthy but intriguing. Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2012
    8
    Chromatics' album - "Kill For Love" is one of the longest alternative publications - seventeen tracks appearing on the CD are more than oneChromatics' album - "Kill For Love" is one of the longest alternative publications - seventeen tracks appearing on the CD are more than one and a half hour of music at its best. Therefore band could afford lethargic longueur in the intro of "Into The Black" or the closing - totally minimalistic - "No Escape". On release we'll find mix of various genres and musical motifs - ambient "Broken Mirrors", indie rock "At Your Door", title "Kill For Love" or heavily electronic "Lady". Full Review »