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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. Mojo
    Jun 16, 2022
    80
    In Amber goes the whole hog. ... Frequently beautiful and occasionally offers succour. [Jul 2022, p.90]
  2. Jun 17, 2022
    80
    It’s a wonderfully dexterous and developed body of work that gives more of itself with each listen.
  3. The Wire
    Jul 1, 2022
    80
    It’s heavy but utterly lovely music, full of grave strings, piano stabs and deep synth reverberations. [Jul 2022, p.46]
  4. 70
    Ultimately In Amber demonstrates an unexpected mastery of dance floor inflected, gothic-folk tinged, post punk, driven by raw feeling and humanity. With topics as grave, the fact these songs only occasionally teeter on the hazardous borderline where meaning meets portentention is a mark of the sheer skill of those involved.
  5. Jun 16, 2022
    67
    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.
  6. Jun 22, 2022
    61
    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.
  7. Jun 16, 2022
    40
    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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