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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Brooklyn ambient pop band led by Greg Gonzalez.
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Apocalypse
You leapt from crumbling bridges watching cityscapes turn to dust Filming helicopters crashing in the ocean from way above Got the music in you... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 14, 2017
    80
    Some of these stories are not fleshed out as poetic or romantic as the music might suggest, yet it’s forgivable in the sense that Cigarettes After Sex successfully transport you to an erotic world entirely their own.
  2. Jun 20, 2017
    80
    Cigarettes After Sex have released an excellent album. After you’ve heard one song you might think the next one is similar, or even the same on repeat, but once you delve down a little deeper, you will categorically not be disappointed.
  3. Jun 6, 2017
    80
    All the blatantly audible influences become irrelevant, leaving Cigarettes After Sex with a sound of its own, created with scant tools and seemingly minimal effort. Like the best sleight of hand magicians, the trick’s conjured before you, then gone.
  4. Jul 17, 2017
    80
    Many dream-pop bands don't have songs this good nor do they have singers this good who aren't afraid to put their vocals up front without burying them with effects. Those things, along with the wonderful production (by Gonzalez himself) are what makes this release truly exciting.
  5. Jun 8, 2017
    74
    Through wallowing in its own mire and coming out the other side, Cigarettes After Sex becomes one of those restrained, low-boil albums where tempo, repetition, and muted composition construct an entire story within the pauses between the notes and the ideas between the lines.
  6. 70
    At times, Gonzalez’s penchant for dramatizing and confessional nature work almost too well, and you get the feeling you’re hearing something that was only meant to be shared between two people.
  7. Jul 19, 2017
    40
    At once droll and melancholic, Cigarettes After Sex struggles to earn the aural beauty it desperately seeks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 3, 2018
    10
    For me : easily the best album of 2017. it's an absolutely magnetic album which i can't stop listening to.
    cigarettes after sex managed to
    For me : easily the best album of 2017. it's an absolutely magnetic album which i can't stop listening to.
    cigarettes after sex managed to record an album in which all the songs sound exactly the same but at the same time each one of them is a unique and beautiful gem.

    the incredibly slow and melancholic tempo combined with Greg's hypnotic voice immediately draw you to a dim lit bar, clouded by thin smoke, where it leaves you to ponder about long lost love affirs.

    the album has some incredibly touching and sincere moments : "it's so sweet knowing that you love me,
    though we don't need to say it to each other, sweet.
    knowing that i love you and running my fingers through your hair, it's so sweet"
    exemplifies love, long lasting relationships and companionship perfectly, especially in the special atmosphere this album has.

    other moments offer a different perspective on love and sex : "Well I know full well that you are
    The patron saint of sucking cock
    Señorita, you're a cheater
    Well, so am I"

    or just about craving so bad for someone : "And on the Lower East Side you're dancing with me now
    And I'm taking pictures of you with flowers on the wall
    Think I like you best when you're dressed in black from head to toe
    Think I like you best when you're just with me
    And no one else..."

    this is a album beautifully written and performed album which is different then anything else i have heard in a long time.
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  2. Jun 24, 2017
    10
    That music more sentimental, is one of the best albums to know how to stop anxiety and obsession with another person, and if it is possible toThat music more sentimental, is one of the best albums to know how to stop anxiety and obsession with another person, and if it is possible to relax about having sex. Expand
  3. Jun 14, 2017
    10
    No solo es un buen CD que no nos está vendiendo imagen, sino que es una producción que tiene espíritu, se caracteriza por esas letrasNo solo es un buen CD que no nos está vendiendo imagen, sino que es una producción que tiene espíritu, se caracteriza por esas letras románticas y llenas de un profundo dolor. Expand
  4. Sep 13, 2017
    10
    It's not very different from what the band had been doing before, but it's a wonderful sound anyway. They raised a musical identity thatIt's not very different from what the band had been doing before, but it's a wonderful sound anyway. They raised a musical identity that differentiates them from other bands, much by the androgynous vocals combined with the gloomy and dark instrumental. Expand
  5. Aug 9, 2017
    8
    After sweet and curious releases, Cigarettes After Sex finally opens the door to his debut album in the best possible way. It's a beautifulAfter sweet and curious releases, Cigarettes After Sex finally opens the door to his debut album in the best possible way. It's a beautiful musical work, with an incredibly androgenic vocals, mixing sensuality and melancholy. The bass arrangements are repetitive and the atmosphere is sad, sometimes dark and extremely emotional; Mainly due to the guitars that evoke a sort of lullaby daydream. It's the kind of album that reminds me of a smooth, relaxed, slow version of Joy Division's Unknow Pleasures. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2017
    8
    In this album, Cigarettes After Sex don't do anything innovative, but what they do is amazing, for an audience between teenager reaching adultIn this album, Cigarettes After Sex don't do anything innovative, but what they do is amazing, for an audience between teenager reaching adult would be perfect, very nostalgic, melancholic and full of sadness, it's like when you are in a gray afternoon and you enjoy a tasty coffee and a cigar, other than that you are sad. Good arrangement of melody with lyrics. Expand
  7. Jun 12, 2017
    7
    Cigarettes After Sex is a band that was recommended to me which I decided to give a listen to their brand new self-titled album. Straight offCigarettes After Sex is a band that was recommended to me which I decided to give a listen to their brand new self-titled album. Straight off the bat the track ‘K’ presents their story-telling lyrics (“Think I like you best when you're dressed in black from head to toe, Think I like you best when you're just with me”) with a soft simple beat, clean bass guitar and acoustic strums (reminding me of Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’) that sounds like a band playing softly in a restaurant (that they reference a dinner date in a restaurant)

    The track is about a no-string attached friend becoming his lover, later separating and wanting her back which presents the lyrical emotional theme about love, lush and loss as the lyrics on ‘Each Time You Fall Inlove’ continues the dialogue with his lover leaving and taking his money.

    Their whole album keeps these stories being told with the vocals being easy to listen to as nothing important happens with the instrumental. The only thing that would happen is the tempo being slightly faster in the track ‘Apocalypse’ but keeping the same key as the track before ‘Sunsetz’.

    Only problem I have with this album is after the track ‘Sweet’ it can start getting a little repetitive and boring as the tracks “Opera House” and “John Wayne” isn’t anything breath-taking.

    Overall this album isn’t for everyone, doesn’t contain tracks you can dance to or have a fun time but I personally love the feel, the lyrics and the nice clean bass is a easy-listening album when walking or laying in bed overthinking about life.

    Good: Apocalypse, Sweet | Least: Opera House, John Wayne
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