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  • Summary: This is the sixth full-length release for New York-based Roberto Carlos Lange as Helado Negro.
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  1. Mar 8, 2019
    85
    The album deepens and expands upon the imagistic nature of Lange’s lyrics and cosmic synth-folk, using found sound and his own sonorous, humming voice to tease out the complicated harmony of love and power at the heart of Kincaid’s short story.
  2. Mar 8, 2019
    80
    Helado Negro has managed to craft an emotionally powerful classic with This is How You Smile.
  3. Mar 8, 2019
    80
    A winning combination of his long-standing and more recently developed gifts, This Is How You Smile is a culmination of Helado Negro's work and completely relevant to when it was released.
  4. Mar 19, 2019
    80
    This Is How You Smile feels like an exercise in restraint but not in a dull suffocating kind of way. What makes it work is how even as he continues embracing more conventional instruments and structures, Lange still leaves room for himself to tinker and experiment at the same time. For music so understated and gentle, it's almost startling just how powerful it's capable of being.
  5. The Wire
    Mar 20, 2019
    80
    By the time you’re through to the end of the album, Negro’s precise refusal to have bullied you with his ideas means you’re happy to return to the beginning and let that sunlight in again. Central heating for kids. Lovely. [Mar 2019, p.57]
  6. Mar 8, 2019
    75
    The instrumentals stitched throughout the album weld together field recordings and wisps of processed samples and are placed evenly between romantic pop balladry and nostalgic bedroom reminiscences. Comfort might be hard-won but it is something worth winning even if it requires wearing a smile as a shield.
  7. Mar 8, 2019
    70
    This Is How You Smile, seems to take a slightly more relaxed approach, concentrating more on musical dynamics and reflecting a slightly idiosyncratic mood.

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