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  • Summary: Tom Krell's second release as How to Dress Well shows more R&B influences.
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  • Record Label: Acephale
  • Genre(s): R&B, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative R&B
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& It Was U
You do not have to call me out My love will be there for you And you don't have to worry out Cause our love will be there for you, girl Whenever you... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Sep 24, 2012
    85
    It's an album that ceaselessly overflows with love and a desire to reach out and relate, and it's this that makes such a heavy album so accessible and so resoundingly good.
  2. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    Total Loss is a largely dud-free album.
  3. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    It's a less unified effort than its predecessor because of this, but more importantly, Krell treads new grounds.
  4. Uncut
    Sep 28, 2012
    80
    An intriguing new artist has found his voice. [Nov 2012, p.76]
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    70
    While Love Remains proved a hard listen because of its liberal use of distorted effects, Total Loss is tough going because of the emotional intensity of its content.
  6. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    Total Loss is a beautiful album, all ambient longing and sadness and spectral pop, rising and falling without warning - no other artist gets more emotional effect out of leaving things not quite finished. But it still feels not quite finished.
  7. Sep 18, 2012
    50
    Krell seems like a victim of his own good intentions. There's a kernel of an idea here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 5, 2012
    8
    This is my first time listening to Total Loss. Overall, I am glad I took a listen. Most of the songs reminded me alot of The Weeknd. It seemsThis is my first time listening to Total Loss. Overall, I am glad I took a listen. Most of the songs reminded me alot of The Weeknd. It seems like this is the new spacey R&B style. Very easy to listen to as the vocals are carried by a variety of nice beats. An expert in the genre might dislike the production of the album, but the other 90% of the R&B audience will enjoy it! Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    8
    While I really appreciate Krell's unique ambient spin, I find he really dominates when he lays down a spicy beat like on & It Was You. I likeWhile I really appreciate Krell's unique ambient spin, I find he really dominates when he lays down a spicy beat like on & It Was You. I like this even more than Love Remains, which is to say, a lot. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2022
    6
    Original score:7/10 [29/09/21]

    Rescore: 6.0/10 [27/03/22] it's an album that ceaselessly overflows with love and a desire to reach out
    Original score:7/10 [29/09/21]

    Rescore: 6.0/10 [27/03/22]

    it's an album that ceaselessly overflows with love and a desire to reach out and relate, and it's this that makes such a heavy album so accessible and so good but even though not a loss it's barely an achievement. Hanging on to slivers of pop gems such as the opener or career higlight "cold nites". Moments like this make a case for a better album bogged by underdeveloped vocals and cookie cutter lyrics that rely more on his questionable delivery that he continously falls short on.
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