• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Sep 5, 2018
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 7, 2018
    91
    You get the sense, maybe, that Tumor is carrying around other people’s secrets, and that Safe in the Hands of Love is so cavernous-sounding, in part, to accommodate them. Holding all of this together is a stew of feelings—dread, sensuousness, ecstasy, terror--that melt into a mood so pungent and pervasive that people who grew up inside all kinds of different music will be beckoned towards it. Ambient electronic, dream-pop, experimental noise, ’90s R&B, even late-’90s alt-rock--Tumor’s music is fluid and generous enough to contain it all.
  2. Sep 25, 2018
    90
    What pushes Safe in the Hands of Love beyond the producer's previous works is the emotion that the record transmits. No matter if the synths are harsh, or the rhythm section arrives with the perfect groove, this is a work filled with an emotive purpose, and it is that core that makes it such a wonderful listen.
  3. Sep 17, 2018
    90
    Bowie’s only consistent trajectory has been one of tearing down his mythos even as his builds it, and his latest manages to knock down yet another wall as he steps more fully into the light than he’s ever dared tread before. On Safe in the Hands of Love, Yves Tumor isn’t concerned with being “experimental;” he’s simply concerned with being.
  4. Sep 7, 2018
    85
    The music found on Safe in the Hands of Love thrives. It's just as boundary pushing but at the same time, it offers easier access points to the complex and often messy but brilliant world of Yves Tumor.
  5. Sep 11, 2018
    82
    On his Warp Records debut, Safe In The Hands Of Love, Yves Tumor joins the ranks of Arca and SOPHIE at the millennial generation's pop vanguard, a group whose fluid approach to music and imagery is eradicating the gap between underground and mainstream.
  6. The Wire
    Sep 21, 2018
    80
    Sometimes the sensuousness of Serpent Music is missed, but Tumor’s drive to take this radically new music to audiences as big as Blake’s, Ocean’s or even Radiohead’s is exhilarating. [Oct 2018, p.63]
  7. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    Safe In The Hands Of Love is a fascinating synthesis of rock, plunderphonics, bass music and noise from an artist that remains stubbornly undefinable.
  8. Sep 7, 2018
    80
    Yves Tumor has let assertiveness, assuredness and vulnerability run wild within him for Safe In The Hands Of Love and the result is magisterial and deeply engaging.
  9. Sep 7, 2018
    80
    It is refreshing to hear someone so emancipated from the rules of genre.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 65
  2. Negative: 9 out of 65
  1. Sep 9, 2018
    9
    Yves Tumor has completeley outdone himself on this record. It's experimental music that is actually incredibly easy to listen to andYves Tumor has completeley outdone himself on this record. It's experimental music that is actually incredibly easy to listen to and accessible, hitting hard and being memorable. There are so many beautiful instrumental and vocal moments on this album, especially on the first half of it. The whole album balances this intent to almost a post industrial sound while also appreciating the beauty in singer songwriter music and dream pop so well. This is one of the best albums of the year, and I predict it'll be a future classic, and looked upon as one of the most cutting edge albums of the 21st century.
    Rating: 9.5/10
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  2. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    Unlike SOPHIE or Arca who push the limits of pop sonically and aesthetically, Yves Tumor with Safe In The Hands of Love goes back to hisUnlike SOPHIE or Arca who push the limits of pop sonically and aesthetically, Yves Tumor with Safe In The Hands of Love goes back to his influences, filter and enrich them with pure ideas and emotional depth and delivers a masterpiece. An incredible blend of melodies, noise and rhythms that would just be unfair to call it experimental. Its just singer-songwriting of the future. Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    10
    I won't soak my words in hyperbole but I listened to this and found it to be enjoyable, hence the positive experience. I also can't think ofI won't soak my words in hyperbole but I listened to this and found it to be enjoyable, hence the positive experience. I also can't think of anything that detracts from it as an experience either, hence the 10. Full Review »