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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British electronic pop trio led by Olly Alexander features contributions from such artist as Greg Kurstin, Steve Mac, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Two Inch Punch.
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If You're Over Me
[Verse 1] It's like thunder and lightning You hurt me without trying A tempest, you was rising And no I don't like to be this way And you're Jekyll... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Filthy, sexy, thoroughly debauched pop at its finest; Palo Santo feels like a magical album.
  2. 90
    An album that sees Years & Years revisit the musical, lyrical and aesthetic concerns of their debut and refresh them with unprecedented confidence and self-knowledge.
  3. Mojo
    Jul 5, 2018
    80
    Sonically rich and lyrically intense. [Aug 2018, p.94]
  4. 80
    When the songs do drop in tempo, they’re stripped down so the sound is soulful and raw, rather than sickly sweet.
  5. Jul 6, 2018
    80
    Years & Years offer a blueprint for UK pop that carries on the lineage of Pet Shop Boys and George Michael but is also forward-thinking and connected to the broader scene. And that really is something to be proud of.
  6. Jul 24, 2018
    80
    Most impressively, while Palo Santo jumps between genres, it is surprisingly cohesive. These songs are best heard as an album and they reinforce one another in context.
  7. Jul 18, 2018
    50
    Beaty and bouncy but less meaty, Palo Santo is for now an unsatisfying follow-up to a terrific debut.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 21, 2018
    10
    Um dos melhores álbuns, se não o melhor, de 2018! As músicas contém letras profundas, maduras e extremamente tocantes para aqueles que asUm dos melhores álbuns, se não o melhor, de 2018! As músicas contém letras profundas, maduras e extremamente tocantes para aqueles que as ouvem. O trabalho vocal à volta deste álbum executado pelo Olly Alexander só enaltece mais o talento deste grupo. PERFEITO! Expand
  2. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    I was hesitant at first as I wasn't a huge fan of their second single from this album. However, I heard it out of context to the rest of theI was hesitant at first as I wasn't a huge fan of their second single from this album. However, I heard it out of context to the rest of the album. This album is a masterpiece in songwriting and lyrics. In a very very rare accomplishment their sophomore album is as good or perhaps even better and more mature than their debut album.

    Olly's voice has clearly grown and gotten stronger. The songwriting is A+ they are making music that they want to create. They are doing their own thing without tyring to copy or sound like anyone else but clearly influenced by many different artists from years past.
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  3. Jul 8, 2018
    10
    Why is palo santo the best album of years and years? Palo santo tells a story of a young gay man and his experiences with heteros and the ****Why is palo santo the best album of years and years? Palo santo tells a story of a young gay man and his experiences with heteros and the **** they do when they just want to use gays for sex. I love you olly Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2018
    10
    I've been a massive fan of Years & Years for a long time, even before their first album Communion; which remains to this day one of myI've been a massive fan of Years & Years for a long time, even before their first album Communion; which remains to this day one of my favourite albums of all time. This made me very apprehensive for this new album as I didn't know what to expect; whether they would change their style and move in a different direction or remain true to the unique Years & Years sound. I'm so so happy to say that I love this album and they definitely haven't let the quality slip after a brilliant first album with this mature follow up. Their sound is still very recognisable, with chartworthy pop/dance songs blending in effortlessly with beautiful balads. The themes and emotions portrayed in this album are so much more personal, brave and unapologetic. The band; especially the frontman Olly, is now oozing with confidence which they once lacked and I couldn't be prouder of what they've achieved. I cant wait to see what they do next. Onwards and upwards for this homegrown British talent. Expand
  5. Jul 7, 2018
    10
    Was a fan before. Now feel like I am completely refreshed. Nice job on integrating Olly's voice to such diverse genres!
  6. Jul 7, 2018
    8
    I'm truly amazed for how much this album is good. The melodies and vocal work in every song are just on point. Every minute of this albumI'm truly amazed for how much this album is good. The melodies and vocal work in every song are just on point. Every minute of this album makes you want more from Years & Years. It's without a doubt one of the bests of the year! Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2018
    6
    While Years and Years debut, Communion, didn't set the world on fire, I was excited for the followup, hoping that maybe they can build uponWhile Years and Years debut, Communion, didn't set the world on fire, I was excited for the followup, hoping that maybe they can build upon their debut to something bigger, better, and grander. Unfortunately it felt more of the same, sadly. That's not to say the album is bad necessarily, at it's best the production is colorful and full of textures, like on dance-jams like on All For You, Hallelujah, and Karma, however it is weighed down by bad production choices, like the darker lead off single Sanctify that the band cannot pull off, to the annoying synth melody on If You're Over Me, to the more intense trap production reminiscent of TNGHT on Lucky Escape that doesn't flatter the band, and the dull ballads that also plagued Communion. While it is admirable for the more queer topics and openness that Ollie Alexander brings to the table, unfortunately his vocals are just too weak to carry any strength or real emotion besides quivering and stiffness. I wouldn't call this bad exactly, even with some overproduction there are some great melodies, textures, and hooks here, and the lyrical content is very meaty at times, and this album will certainly mean a lot for the band's LGBT fan base, however it's more hit or miss than triumphant, and that's the real shame. Expand

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