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To Love Is to Live Image
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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Savages singer features The xx's Romy Madley Croft, Cillian Murphy and IDLES' Joe Talbot.
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  1. Jun 12, 2020
    90
    ‘To Love Is To Live’ is a sonic poltergeist with sentiment to boot.
  2. Jun 9, 2020
    80
    Her lyrics are often uncomfortably revealing, as she peels apart her feelings about love, sex, sin, femininity, masculinity, Catholic guilt, and violence and how they all define her — often on the same song. She’s a rare artist who thrives on overthinking everything (hey, she is French) and the album’s general grandiosity never feels obnoxious.
  3. Jun 11, 2020
    80
    While the record does, on occasion, feel weighed down by its own existentialism - the more explicit musings on existence that open (‘I Am’) and close (‘Human’) the record notably - the rich sonic palette and Jehnny’s steely delivery ultimately win out.
  4. Jun 12, 2020
    80
    Beth’s ability to glide between vulnerability and intimidation is unnerving, and adds more shades of grey to a performer who’s previously operated in black and white.
  5. Jun 16, 2020
    80
    If you enjoy the dark imaginings of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, this is worth immersing yourself in.
  6. Jun 16, 2020
    77
    This is an imperfect, imprecise project—but that’s the beauty of it.
  7. Mojo
    Jun 9, 2020
    60
    Lyrics are vital, and here they often clunk where they should pierce, deadening some of her undeniable power. [Jun 2020, p.86]

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  1. Jun 17, 2020
    8
    An intense 38 minutes with Jehnny Beth. The album expertly shifts from intimate and sensitive to powerful and explosive, such as on 'I'm TheAn intense 38 minutes with Jehnny Beth. The album expertly shifts from intimate and sensitive to powerful and explosive, such as on 'I'm The Man.' 'We Will Sin Together' is probably the highlight of this record with its deep electronic notes and sinister vocals. The influence of the producer Flood is obvious from the first track given its similarities to 'Alabaster' from Foals' Total Life Forever (if you haven't heard them both, play them back to back). Some tracks don't quite hit the mark; French Countryside is very mediocre and Joe Talbot's feature on How Could You is not as good as you would expect from the IDLES frontman. A good debut. Expand