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  • Summary: The first releases in seven years from the Los Angles electropop trio is not the previously announced (and still unreleased) Dear Tommy, but a surprise release of 12 new songs.
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  • Record Label: Italians Do It Better
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 9, 2019
    90
    With Closer to Grey, the group have created a near-perfect piece of 21st century pop escapism. So, the next time world’s weighing you down, you know what to do. Reach for your turntable. Chromatics have got your back.
  2. 85
    Closer to Grey is the coldest, shiniest, most polished collection of songs released under the Chromatics banner. It’s chillier, darker and more sinister than anything else they’ve ever put out.
  3. Oct 4, 2019
    84
    Closer To Grey feels more polished and shimmering, and with only 12 tracks and a compact 45 minutes, it’s considerably shorter than the expansive, sometimes daunting records it followeds (Kill For Love clocked in at 16 songs over an hour, 17 minutes). As an entryway into the Italians Do It Better universe, it feels enticing, welcoming even.
  4. 80
    A dozen fully formed analog dance tracks into 45 minutes of synth-driven cruising music. ... On “Touch Red,” a distant beat and a few well-chosen keyboard chords offer a monochromatic background onto which Radelet sings, “Touch red, the world needs color.” The shock of luminosity is jarring. Like a rose blossoming in a field blackened by wildfire, it’s one of many moments on the record that capture in equal measure both beauty and bleakness.
  5. 75
    It’s the next sonic chapter in Chromatics’ dramatic novel. With incredible growling synths and Johnny Jewel’s undeniably fantastic, experimental production elements, Closer to Grey is the unexpected sonic growth spurt we didn’t see coming from Chromatics.
  6. Oct 14, 2019
    71
    Their most modest record to date. Think of Closer to Grey as an auteur’s niche art project—satisfying to the superfans, though not necessarily winning over new ones.
  7. Oct 4, 2019
    60
    Chromatics’ influence means there’s a sense in which its haunted suburban chilliness sounds old hat. But the production is smarter than that sound’s schlockier Stranger Things reincarnation.

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  1. Oct 10, 2019
    3
    If you liked Chromatics’ previous albums, you will find almost nothing to like here. Tired covers, thin beats, washed out guitars – with aIf you liked Chromatics’ previous albums, you will find almost nothing to like here. Tired covers, thin beats, washed out guitars – with a vocalist whose whispery limitations become clearer with each release. Expand