Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. May 8, 2020
    90
    While the first two I Break Horses albums were heartfelt and promising, at times it felt like Lindén was looking for her true musical voice. On Warnings she finds it and has made a modern synth pop-meets-dream pop classic that is sure to melt the frozen heart of anyone lucky enough to discover it.
  2. May 7, 2020
    90
    Warnings is a triumphant, timely, and life-affirming return.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jun 9, 2020
    80
    Hypnotic stuff. [Summer 2020, p.100]
  4. Mojo
    May 7, 2020
    80
    The album is crowned by the extraordinary, seven-minutes-plus Death Engine, where a gospel feel gives way to a lengthy, rolling, Bach-like coda. On an otherwise tonally unified album, this is where Linden's emotions are at their rawest. [Jun 2020, p.89]
  5. 80
    Album stand out "Death Engine" seems to be the perfect balance of all the elements at play – it’s momentous but it stands still, it’s modern but it’s also so rose-tinted, it’s where hard percussion meets yearning keys and where elation greets loss. Sadly the album does stumble a little at the last hurdle, as "Depression Tourist" adds an unnecessarily vocoder-happy outing to the mix, but thankfully it does not fall or overshadow this otherwise stunning return.
  6. ‘Warnings’ is a brooding, beautiful contemplation of life’s flaws. With this album, Lindén and Balck have strengthened their mastery of atmospheric music.
  7. May 11, 2020
    74
    Warnings is a real grower; for every moment of instant gratification here, there’s another that requires more work. The more time you invest in I Break Horses’ latest work, the more you get out of it.
  8. May 19, 2020
    70
    Working with producer Chris Coady, I Break Horses embrace the power of slowing things down considerably. Many of the songs rarely get as speedy as a trot, and indeed, the opening track Turn, takes a good nine minutes to slowly detail a dissolving relationship. This, then, is music to get lost in, even when the content is at times worrying and dark.
  9. Uncut
    May 7, 2020
    70
    The instrumental interludes full of hypnotic loops and Mellotrons are intriguing enough, but the meat lies in the lushly layered art-pop songs. [Jun 2020, p.30]
  10. May 11, 2020
    60
    Lindén had some false starts in trying to realize her true vision with Warnings, and it shows—the effort she went through to craft a sound this painstakingly meticulous requires time and patience. And though we know how far she and Balck can push themselves, we're still not quite sure who exactly they want to be.
  11. May 11, 2020
    60
    The record is most effective when Lindén sounds more animated, as on I’ll Be the Death of You and the nimble, propulsive, Kraftwerk-influenced Neon Lights. Unfortunately these moments are overshadowed by lengthier excursions that give longueurs a bad name.

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User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 14, 2020
    4
    I'm afraid it's a very forgettable affair. it probably sailed in the winds of Billie ellish, but, no, it won't be the best big thing. afaiac anyway.
  2. May 10, 2020
    10
    I love everything about it. And inside these amazing soundscapes are a set of superbly written songs. The mixing by Chris Coady brings out theI love everything about it. And inside these amazing soundscapes are a set of superbly written songs. The mixing by Chris Coady brings out the very best in Maria Linden. A huge step forward for this Swedish producer. Full Review »