Love, Death & Dancing
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Studio album by
Released12 June 2020[1]
GenrePop[2]
Length57:45
LabelIsland
Producer
Jack Garratt chronology
Phase
(2016)
Love, Death & Dancing
(2020)
Singles from Love, Death & Dancing
  1. "Time"
    Released: 6 February 2020
  2. "Better"
    Released: 20 April 2020
  3. "Circles"
    Released: 10 June 2020
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Clash6/10[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
The Line of Best Fit8.5/10[6]
NME3/5 stars[7]

Love, Death & Dancing is the second studio album by British singer-songwriter and musician Jack Garratt. It was released on 12 June 2020 through Island Records as the follow-up to his 2016 debut album Phase.

Background

After finishing touring his debut album Phase towards the end of 2016, he began working and writing material with other artists, such as Kacy Hill and Katy Perry and, into 2017, Jack recorded an albums worth of new material, which he ultimately scrapped, saying that "It was trash. It was awful. It was all bad. I wasn't willing to accept myself in that moment, so I wasn't willing to have a good idea."[8] He then took time off to deal with the anxiety and self-doubt that he was feeling as a result of the attention and scrutiny that had come with the success and awards for his previous album.[9][10] He then met with record producer Jacknife Lee, and together they began working on recording new music.

Release and promotion

On 6 February 2020, his new single "Time" premiered as the "Hottest Record" on Annie Mac's Future Sounds show on BBC Radio 1.[11] The song features as the opening track on his new extended play Love, Death and Dancing (Vol. 1) which was released on the same day.,[12] containing the tracks "Mara" and "Return Them to the One". This EP makes up part of Garratt's second album Love, Death and Dancing, released on 12 June 2020.

Track listing

The album's twelve tracks appear in a different order depending on the listening medium. On the physical releases (vinyl, CD and cassette), they are arranged to convey the narrative of Garratt's life between the releases of Phase and Love, Death & Dancing, whereas on streaming services, they are sorted into four volumes of three tracks each, which are designed as "curated glances of the album as a whole".[13]

Physical tracklist

All tracks are written by Jack Garratt and Henry Brill, except where noted.

Physical release[14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Return Them to the One"Garratt4:25
2."Get in My Way" 
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
3:41
3."Better" 
  • Garratt
  • Lee
  • Flannigan
4:13
4."Doctor Please"Garratt
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
4:59
5."Mend a Heart" 
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
  • Lee[a]
4:21
6."Anyone" 
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
  • Lee[a]
  • Brett Cox[b]
5:23
7."Mara" 
6:02
8."Circles" 
3:46
9."Time" 5:37
10."She Will Lay My Body on the Stone" Garratt4:24
11."Old Enough"
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
  • Cox[b]
3:50
12."Only the Bravest"GarrattLee6:59
Total length:57:45

Streaming tracklist

Volume 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Time" 5:37
2."Mara" 
6:02
3."Return Them to the One"Garratt4:25
Volume 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
4."Better"
  • Garratt
  • Lee
  • Flannigan
4:13
5."Get in My Way" 
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
3:41
6."Mend a Heart" 
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
  • Lee[a]
4:21
Volume 3
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
7."Circles" 
3:46
8."Anyone" 
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
  • Lee[a]
  • Brett Cox[b]
5:23
9."Doctor Please"Garratt
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
4:59
Volume 4
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
10."She Will Lay My Body on the Stone" Garratt4:24
11."Old Enough"
  • Garratt
  • Flannigan
  • Cox[b]
3:50
12."Only the Bravest"GarrattLee6:59

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-record producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.

Personnel

  • Jack Garratt – production, vocals, programming, mastering, vocal arrangement, engineering
  • Jacknife Lee – production, co-production, engineering, keyboards, programming
  • David Wrench – mixing, programming
  • Matt Bishop – engineering
  • James Flannigan – production, programming, engineering
  • Heba Kadry – mastering
  • Brett Cox – vocal engineering

Charts

Chart performance for Love, Death & Dancing
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[15]7
UK Albums (OCC)[16]8

References

  1. ^ Richards, Will (20 April 2020). "Jack Garratt shares second volume of 'Love Death & Dancing' EPs and 'Better' video". NME. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  2. ^ Petridis, Alex (28 May 2020). "Jack Garratt Love, Death and Dancing review – despair, recovery and reinvention". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  3. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. "Love, Death & Dancing – Jack Garratt". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  4. ^ Horton, Ross (11 June 2020). "Jack Garratt - Love, Death & Dancing". Clash. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. ^ Petridis, Alex (28 May 2020). "Jack Garratt Love, Death and Dancing review – despair, recovery and reinvention". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  6. ^ Milross, Hayley (10 June 2020). "Jack Garratt bares all in the beautiful yet brutal Love, Death & Dancing". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  7. ^ Krol, Catherine (12 June 2020). "Jack Garratt – 'Love, Death & Dancing' review: chaotic and overloaded, but sincerity shines through". NME. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  8. ^ Savage, Mark (5 February 2020). "Jack Garratt on his three-year absence: 'I hated myself'". BBC News. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Jack Garratt announces new album of "dance music for people who don't want to go out"". Complete Music Update. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Jack Garratt returns after four-year hiatus with visceral new song 'Time'". NME. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  11. ^ "BBC Radio 1 – Radio 1's Future Sounds with Annie Mac, The return of Jack Garratt". BBC. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  12. ^ Smither, Tanis. "Jack Garratt releases volume 1 of forthcoming album Love, Death and Dancing". Hotpress. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  13. ^ Garratt, Jack. "How would you describe the difference between the two experiences?". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  14. ^ Garratt, Jack. "If you can, you should try and listen to it in the physical order/tracklist. It's a really special journey". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 June 2020.