Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Oct 7, 2016
    80
    It’s fine for the moment and could even earn Krell the spotlight he craves, but when that fad ends, only the smart will survive and graduate to longer term success. Expect to see his mortarboard first and highest up in the air.
  2. Sep 30, 2016
    80
    Impressively, Krell continues to find new approaches within his style; even though Care's clarity is the polar opposite of Love Remains, it feels equally true.
  3. Sep 27, 2016
    80
    There is something for everybody here. That he seems to pull off every style he tries his hand at with such assurance is a testament to his talent. Here, finally, we have an artist who seems to make it his life’s mission to move with--and reflect--the times.
  4. Sep 26, 2016
    80
    It’s an album that revels in its creative freedom.
  5. Q Magazine
    Sep 23, 2016
    80
    It's Krell's gift, for immersive electronica, like the quivering Burning Up, which keeps him in a class all his own. [Nov 2016, p.108]
  6. Sep 23, 2016
    80
    A lot of a listener’s acceptance of Care depends on their acceptance for nervous candor; for purposeful titles like “Lost Youth / Lost You,” for earnest existential wonderings of what “care” means, for transcribed 3 a.m. chats about how everyone looks at their phones and how warm skin is awesome.
  7. Sep 22, 2016
    80
    How to Dress Well is ready for the world, and Care steps forward and into the space occupied by mainstream pop artists.
  8. Sep 21, 2016
    80
    The album freewheels through soundscapes borrowed from pop, trap, balearic house and old-fashioned balladry with irrepressible joy.
  9. Sep 21, 2016
    80
    His ability to make sonically adventurous, emotionally rich pop has made him a perpetually welcome presence in a crowded field and made Care another triumph.
  10. 80
    Care is as close to a perfect example of modern music as you're likely to find--it’s self-reliant, self-assured and packed with more hooks than a cloakroom.
  11. 75
    There are few sonic commonalities between the texture-oriented Love Remains--an album a lot of people loved--and Care. Objectively, though, this is a thoughtful, sincere pop R&B record that at times reaches Krell’s intended gorgeous heights.
  12. Sep 26, 2016
    68
    Though several of the songs on Care are extraordinary, others are superficial, failing to deliver on the depth that has been such an essential part of How to Dress Well’s appeal.
  13. Sep 21, 2016
    65
    The casual listener is sure to find comfort in the background nature of the music at play here, and a voice this talented couldn't help but deliver an above average pop record even on autopilot. That being said, there is a wish that he'd understand the very best pop statements don't shy away from a clear personality.
  14. Sep 23, 2016
    56
    There's a dreamlike logic to much of Care: it's atmospheric, but it doesn't make sense.
  15. Sep 23, 2016
    40
    The results range from dazzling to disastrous.
  16. Sep 22, 2016
    40
    Even with a liberal sprinkling of just-so production tics--and some nauseatingly navel-gazing lyrics (“I want to learn to care for my soul”, Krell wails on Salt Song)--Care is a rather mundane package.

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