What Is This Heart? review – How to Dress Well's glacial soul begins to thaw

(Weird World)

With 2012's Total Loss, New Yorker Tom Krell made a beguilingly glacial slice of hipster-friendly soul. The follow-up features slightly less bleak lyrics, with love added to his monochromatic palette of loss, isolation and death, but his sound remains hard to categorise, with much of his third album sounding like an unlikely fusion of Stevie Wonder and Burial. Perhaps strangest of all is See You Fall, which samples the Velvet Underground's Heroin and yet still sounds like Prince at his most heavenly. But while there are a few great moments here (Words I Don't Remember, Pour Cyril), some judicious pruning of the 55-minute running time wouldn't have gone amiss.


Phil Mongredien

The GuardianTramp

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