"What Is This Heart?"

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"What Is This Heart?"
How To Dress Well - What Is This Heart.jpg
Studio album by How to Dress Well
Released June 23, 2014 (2014-06-23)
Length 55:01
Label Weird World
How to Dress Well chronology
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"What Is This Heart?"

"What Is This Heart?" is the third studio album by How to Dress Well released on June 23, 2014 on Weird World, an imprint of Domino. It is his highest-charting album peaking at number 145 on The Billboard 200.[1]

The songs "A Power" and "What You Wanted" were co-written and co-produced by CFCF.[2]


Krell described the album's title in a message on Twitter:[3]

my new album is called "What Is This Heart?"--- just like that, in quotes, like a spoken question.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubC+[6]
Pitchfork Media8.8/10[9]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes2.5/5 stars[13]

"What Is This Heart?" received mostly positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 69, based on 32 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[14]

Ian Cohen of Pitchfork Media gave a very positive review of the album stating, ""What Is This Heart?" makes you initially susceptible and vulnerable, and that’s risky when modern discourse seeks metaphorical blood, allowing people to disclose more than ever without actually revealing anything. So make no mistake, the title of this album is a challenge as well, as How to Dress Well’s modern masterpiece is conducted with the most eternal transparency—Krell asks “what is this heart” and lets you look right into his own."[15]

Track listing[edit]

1."2 Years On (Shame Dream)"3:50
2."What You Wanted"5:28
3."Face Again"4:29
4."See You Fall"3:17
5."Repeat Pleasure"3:36
6."Words I Don't Remember"6:18
7."Pour Cyril"4:12
8."Precious Love"4:04
9."Childhood Faith in Love (Everything Must Change, Everything Must Stay the Same)"3:47
10."A Power"5:00
11."Very Best Friend"4:54
12."House Inside (Future Is Older Than the Past)"6:06
Total length:55:01


  1. ^ "How to Dress Well - Chart history". Billboard. 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  2. ^ "CFCF on Twitter: @HowToDressWell lp! peep "What You Wanted" and "A Power" songs I co-wrote and produced"". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  3. ^ "literally your boy on Twitter". Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Critic Reviews for "What Is This Heart?" by How to Dress Well". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  5. ^ Heather Phares (2014-06-24). ""What Is This Heart?" - How to Dress Well | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  6. ^ Rytlewski, Evan. ""What Is This Heart?" · How To Dress Well · Music Review How To Dress Well remains torn between pop escapism and emotional torment · Music Review · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  7. ^ Gormely, Ian. "How to Dress Well - "What Is This Heart"". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  8. ^ Hurstin, Benjamin (June 24, 2014). "How to Dress Well: "What Is This Heart": Music Reviews". Paste. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "How to Dress Well: "What Is This Heart?" | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  10. ^ "Critic Reviews for "What Is This Heart?"". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  11. ^ Walters, Barry. "How to Dress Well, 'What Is this Heart?' (Lefse) How To Dress Well Opens a Vein, Bleeds Turbulent R&B on '"What Is this Heart?'"". SPIN. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  12. ^ "How to Dress Well - "What Is This Heart?" (album review 2)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  13. ^ "How To Dress Well - "What Is This Heart?" | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tinymixtapes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  14. ^ ""What Is This Heart" – How to Dress Well". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  15. ^ Cohen, Ian (23 June 2014). "How to Dress Well: ""What Is This Heart?""". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 22 May 2015.