• Record Label: Apollo
  • Release Date: Jul 23, 2013
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 85
    There are few albums that will make you experience so many emotions concurrently, and even fewer that will still give you chills hours later. Even though it may be tough to swallow some of the brutish feeling, it’s an exceptional record.
  2. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    At times a lick more panache might have leavened proceedings, but ‘Winter Reigns” celebration of the great English pub (where “the dark’s never far behind”, naturally) rounds out this confident debut in style.
  3. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    Love Your Dum And Mad is certainly not an easy listen and demands close attention. But give yourself over to the close, fascinating world Shah inhabits and you will be utterly enthralled.
  4. Jul 11, 2013
    80
    Subtle electronics and the creation of desolate, 3-D spaces is the icing on a seductively ruined cake. [Aug 2013, p.76]
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    80
    Love Your Dum And Mad [is] a piercingly direct seduction of the senses. [Aug 2013, p.88]
  6. Jul 25, 2013
    79
    For all of Dum and Mad's unebbing intensity--it never gets overbearing, it retains a dynamism through Shah's magnetic voice--she makes you want to stay in the darkness with her.
  7. 70
    Shah always find a way to keep Love Your Dum and Mad simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring throughout.
  8. 70
    She’s every bit the equal of Bat For Lashes, Frida Hyvönen or any member of the Wainwright clan.
  9. Jul 19, 2013
    70
    The weight of the album and the somber nature of its subjects can nearly get too much at times. Yet it’s the lightness and dexterity in Nadine’s voice and songwriting that means she has created an album of stories that will warm you and keep you company.
  10. Jul 11, 2013
    70
    There is a deep sadness to every song here, Shah’s first studio set one that will either make you sink into a shadowy pool of darkness, or allow you to reflect upon your own sorrows in a melancholy reverie.
  11. Enough promise here to keep listening.
  12. Jul 22, 2013
    60
    Shah, who brings a powerful, nuanced voice to her songwriting, stops short of wallowing in melancholy.
  13. Jul 11, 2013
    60
    It takes a while to adjust to the darkness generated by these songs of loss, age and adultery, but once you have, you won't want to leave Shah's night visions behind. [Aug 2013, p.104]

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