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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Dutch indie pop artist was co-produced with Deerhoof's Chris Cohen and Trey Pollard.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
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  1. Sep 25, 2018
    100
    There’s not a single track on European Heartbreak that isn’t a beautifully composed, shining picture postcard of emotion from a songwriter you should be listening to right now.
  2. Mojo
    Oct 3, 2018
    80
    European Heartbreak feels wonderfully whole, bound together by De Graaf's sweetly inscrutable voice and the unshowy, languid complexity of her songs. [Nov 2018, p.92]
  3. Uncut
    Sep 25, 2018
    80
    Her faintly punch-drunk voice sometimes sounds just a kilojoule of energy (or lack thereof) from uninterested, but just as often she's as winsomely weary as she is vulnerable, and the impeccably stylish decoration seals our seduction. [Nov 2018, p.25]
  4. Oct 11, 2018
    80
    Some may be turned off by the sheer melancholy on European Heartbreak, and yearn for the drive and verve of songs like It Changes. Yet, for anyone who enjoys soaking in sorrow, this makes for perfect listening. For anyone from other states of the European Union dreading the uncertainties of life post-March 2019, this album could at least be a security blanket.
  5. Oct 8, 2018
    70
    European Heartbreak is charming, clever and quietly confident. If the world really is about to fall apart, then Amber Arcades has produced something that is more than a worthwhile distraction.
  6. Oct 4, 2018
    60
    While it does contain a few songs that could be split off and saved, it mainly goes to show that she makes for a better melancholy dream pop artist than a singer/songwriter with her toes dipped in Americana and soft soul.
  7. Sep 25, 2018
    40
    Ultimately the uninspired songwriting renders European Heartbreak incapable of being a worthwhile investment of your listening time. [Aug - Oct 2018, p.75]

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  1. Oct 2, 2018
    3
    Actually, you can listen European Heartbreak like one time in a life, and that's all. First song is the most beautiful and perhaps talented.Actually, you can listen European Heartbreak like one time in a life, and that's all. First song is the most beautiful and perhaps talented. Rest of them — the same, so it's boring.
    And all this Lana Del Ray-stuff only in major — looks pity.
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