• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2020
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Apr 2, 2020
    100
    Not a single emotion is spared, as manic meltdowns (Medicine Burn) blend into polished pop (Kerosene!) and moments of melancholy (Romanticist) – all of this depicting a mind running riot.
  2. Apr 8, 2020
    90
    An extremely cerebral approach to experimental music, which tend to feel more disjointed. Every movement has a purpose and every song on the album combines to make a fantastic album.
  3. Apr 6, 2020
    90
    Previously, Tumor has stated that they want to make songs listeners need to play. They more than achieve that on Heaven to a Tortured Mind, an album that suggests the easiest way to define Tumor is as an artist who consistently outdoes themself.
  4. Apr 3, 2020
    90
    On Heaven to a Tortured Mind, Yves Tumor clearly relishes his shift to microphone caressing rock star. Whereas on previous albums, he would obscure himself behind the music, here he steps out of his sonic chrysalis, dons some shiny black wings and soars.
  5. Apr 3, 2020
    90
    Heaven is irreconcilably an album with staying power, one we’ll be referring to years from now as a benchmark for the sound of rock n’ roll and R&B. Tumor is an enigma, one who will continue to prove their sleeves teem with new tricks.
  6. Apr 2, 2020
    90
    On Heaven To A Tortured Mind, Tumor harnesses his relentless curiosity to test the boundaries of rock and noise – and reinvents what we expect from both in the process.
  7. Apr 2, 2020
    90
    It's the sound of all of pop history cast into the void of space and sent careening back, transmuted by some unknown force. The ghosts of lost icons hurtle through these songs — passing by in molecular form are the sparkling ethers of Prince and Bowie, the curdled spectre of Genesis P-orridge.
  8. Apr 3, 2020
    88
    Heaven To A Tortured Mind is the kind of album that challenges listeners sonically and lyrically, and makes absolutely no bones about it. It’s full of forward-thinking musical combinations, but in its themes it’s even more progressive.
  9. Apr 6, 2020
    85
    Heaven to a Tortured Mind is strikingly disorientating at times, yet there is an immediate familiarity to it. This is rock reimagined for a new century, to use Tumor’s words, as thrilling and unpredictable as it must have felt during its heyday.
  10. Apr 3, 2020
    85
    The ravishing delight Tumor brings to this character is what makes their music so affecting. Yves is a performer whose roles, played with the utmost rigor, always find a way to linger in the memory.
  11. May 11, 2020
    80
    Heaven To A Tortured Mind isn't necessarily the most dynamic release by the artist, but in its best moments, it's a heaping dose of musical ingenuity.
  12. Apr 15, 2020
    80
    While there are moments that feel less remarkable (the insignificant Hasdallen Lights or the groovy but repetitive Asteroid Blues), Heavens to a Tortured Mind succeeds when it’s mostly focused on creating a sensual yet serious mood throughout.
  13. Q Magazine
    Apr 7, 2020
    80
    Sleazy listening at its best. [Jun 2020, p.106]
  14. Apr 6, 2020
    80
    It is just one of the many avenues Bowie could have gone down, but the effect of what he has done is fascinating and wholly satisfying.
  15. 80
    Though I can’t help but crave a return to the more dark and experimental avenue in the future, the execution here is indisputable, and album is a cohesive and worthwhile effort deserving of a wider audience’s attention.
  16. Apr 2, 2020
    80
    It’s so heart-rending you could keep yourself wrapped inside its comfort for hours and not come out. To all those troubled minds and torn hearts clinging to the past, this is utterly heavenly.
  17. Apr 2, 2020
    80
    The excitement of Heaven to a Tortured Mind lies in the uncertainty it engenders in the listener, the feeling that you’re never sure what’s about to happen next. That’s a rare sensation in a predictable musical landscape. In the best sense of the phrase, Yves Tumor is off in a world of their own.
  18. Apr 27, 2020
    48
    Heaven to a Tortured Mind eliminates the diversity and nuance of its predecessor in favour of underdeveloped avant-pop.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 89
  2. Negative: 7 out of 89
  1. Apr 3, 2020
    10
    This is **** amazing. Truly masterpiece. For me it's probably the best record of this year.
  2. Apr 3, 2020
    10
    Yves Tumors previous record was one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2018. This album is no different, its much more rock-orientedYves Tumors previous record was one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2018. This album is no different, its much more rock-oriented and less depressing, but still lacks none of the impact of the first album. The first album felt like ice, this album feels like fire, if that makes sense. I would definitely say it is more of a fun, upbeat album than Safe in the Hands of Love was, in a very good way. Full Review »
  3. Apr 13, 2020
    10
    An exceptional pivot from noise collage work to lighter experimentation with traditional rock textures from an artist whose previous genreAn exceptional pivot from noise collage work to lighter experimentation with traditional rock textures from an artist whose previous genre fusion has carved an elegant path to their current mastery of the form.

    Favourite tracks: All of them, seriously
    Least favourite: None but the bass on Identity Trade was so wonky it took some adjustment
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