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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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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: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Jul 6, 2018
    10
    é uma obra prima, eu não consigo parar de ouvir. rendezvous é a minha favorita, tá tudo muito perfeito,
  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 26, 2018
    8
    I never paid much attention to the Communion phase, but happened to quite like Sanctify when it came out. I decided to give Palo Santo aI never paid much attention to the Communion phase, but happened to quite like Sanctify when it came out. I decided to give Palo Santo a listen, and it has to be the biggest surprise I've had in years. This record is a contender for pop album of the year. It's stylish, smart, fun and sexy, but also thoughtful and powerful. Palo Santo is the most unashamed celebration of queer life since Scissor Sisters' Night Work and deserves all the praise and love it gets. Expand
  7. Aug 8, 2018
    3
    It's way too generic. There's no creativity or passion in it. Ideal for those who don't like anything too complex.

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