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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the Hot Chip co-founder was produced by Tim Goldsworthy.
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  1. Apr 16, 2018
    100
    Beautiful Thing, though, is more of a straightforward float through space, with a starry, galactic feel to the album.
  2. Uncut
    Apr 4, 2018
    80
    A satisfying whole that demonstrates Taylor's mastery of his peculiar strain of zonked late-night soul. [May 2018, p.35]
  3. Apr 20, 2018
    80
    The more you listen to Beautiful Thing, the more you realise what a marvel of sequencing it is: here are songs that truly talk to each other, musically and lyrically.
  4. Apr 20, 2018
    68
    The layers of sound Taylor presents are sumptuous, full of tossed-off licks of piano and guitar that gather into motifs more deluxe than his recent solo work but far scruffier than Hot Chip. Tucked into them, Taylor’s lyrics make strange but welcome bedfellows.
  5. Apr 20, 2018
    60
    It doesn’t always quite hit those high notes, but the pair have set out to create a sometimes elusive feeling of connection. Its sheer scope alone means there’s likely to be something here that will undoubtedly resonate.
  6. 60
    Beautiful Thing is a confident statement about musical and human authenticity, with production by UNKLE’s Tim Goldsworthy which builds dub-like echo-chambers, inside which a kitchen sink’s worth of sounds claustrophobically rattle.
  7. Apr 13, 2018
    50
    While there's certainly no shortage of sonic experimentation woven into this relatively more adventurous album, the British singer-songwriter struggles to find an effective balance between the added electronic accoutrements and the minimalist core that informs his solo work.

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