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  • Summary: The first release in five years for the Andy Butler project Hercules And Love Affair features guest appearances from ANOHNI and Elin Ey.
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  1. Uncut
    Jun 16, 2022
    Reflective of our era of political polarisation, the likes of “Contempt For You” can make for bruising listening experiences. Yet there’s still plenty of solace to be found in performances by Iceland’s Elin Ey and the ever-remarkable Anohni. [Jul 2022, p.26]
  2. Mojo
    Jun 16, 2022
    In Amber goes the whole hog. ... Frequently beautiful and occasionally offers succour. [Jul 2022, p.90]
  3. Jun 17, 2022
    It’s a wonderfully dexterous and developed body of work that gives more of itself with each listen.
  4. Jun 16, 2022
    On In Amber, Butler may have found a handful more peaks and his share of valleys, but few can emerge from the shadow of what came before.
  5. Jun 22, 2022
    Some of it drags (looking at you, “You’ve Won This War”), and the lyrics, melodies, and sounds don’t always land. At times you can practically feel him straining for it all to Mean Something, but Butler remains a powerful and important voice in music, even when a particular album doesn’t fully succeed.
  6. Jun 21, 2022
    It’s also overly self-serious, an album begging to be considered above its pretentions and to be analyzed as art. For the most part, it works. It works as a piece of baroque chamber art and it works like a flip side to Hercules & Love Affair, a testament to the pair’s virtuosity. Still, it’s frustrating that with so many talented musicians collaborating on this project, it can feel like a missed opportunity.
  7. Jun 16, 2022
    If creating something uncomfortable was what Butler was hoping to achieve with In Amber, then it certainly succeeds in its mission. Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t achieve much else.

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