Total Loss (CD)


How to Dress Well

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Amoeba Review

Billy Gil, Hollywood 08/22/2014

Total Loss slightly ups the fidelity from its predecessor, Love Remains, but Tom Krell remains shrouded in reverb for much of the record. As before, it casts an enchanting spell, but importantly, Krell breaks through by opening up, either by indulging his inner Prince on the snap-along jam “& It Was U” and the “Purple Rain”-esque “Talking to You.” And the heartache of “Set It Right” is completely his own, a naked statement of loss set to walls of distorted samples.


09/18/2012

An album about grief that can also be read as a colossal breakup record, How to Dress Well’s follow-up to his acclaimed Love Remains still feels intimate and bedroom-made, with some production improvements necessary to make the emotions of the “Purple Rain”-esque “Talking to You” and the beats of “& It Was U” come through even harder. Total Loss makes for a thoroughly engrossing listen as it weaves Tom Krell’s heartfelt falsetto through reverb-laden loops, every song feeling like that ethereal moment in the chorus of Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” where time stops still as that breathy vocal drenches everything in sadness.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
When I Was in Trouble
How to Dress Well 03:22
2.
Cold Nites
How to Dress Well 03:38
3.
Say My Name or Say Whatever
How to Dress Well 04:29
4.
Running Back
How to Dress Well 03:17
5.
& It Was U
How to Dress Well 03:06
6.
World I Need You, Won't Be Without You (Proem)
How to Dress Well 02:51
7.
Struggle
How to Dress Well 04:29
8.
How Many?
How to Dress Well 05:02
9.
Talking to You
How to Dress Well 04:17
10.
Set It Right
How to Dress Well 04:47
11.
Ocean Floor for Everything
How to Dress Well 03:13

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