Total Loss (album)

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Total Loss
Total Loss cover art.jpg
Studio album by How to Dress Well
Released October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)
Genre Alternative R&B, ambient
Length 42:15
Label Acéphale Records, Weird World
Producer How to Dress Well, Rodaidh McDonald, Forest Swords
How to Dress Well chronology
Love Remains
(2010)Love Remains2010
Total Loss
"What Is This Heart?"
(2014)"What Is This Heart?"2014
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Beats Per Minute85%[3]
Consequence of Sound4/5 stars[5]
Fact4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[10]

Total Loss is the second studio album by American musician How to Dress Well. It was released in September 2012 on Acephale Records in North America and Weird World Records in other regions.[12][13] The track "Cold Nites", which was co-written and co-produced by Forest Swords, was released as a single.

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77% based on 25 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

It was listed 33rd on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2012.[14] Pitchfork placed it at number 28 on its list of the top 50 albums of 2012.[15]

Track listing[edit]

1."When I Was in Trouble"3:22
2."Cold Nites"3:38
3."Say My Name or Say Whatever"4:24
4."Running Back"3:17
5."& It Was U"3:04
6."World I Need You, Won't Be Without You (Proem)"2:48
8."How Many?"5:02
9."Talking to You"4:14
10."Set It Right"4:46
11."Ocean Floor for Everything"3:12


Chart Peak
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[17] 35


  1. ^ a b "Total Loss Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. Total Loss – How to Dress Well at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  3. ^ Fleming, Weston (2012-09-24). "Album Review". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Errol (2012-09-13). "Total Loss Review". Clash. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  5. ^ Arroyo, Steven (2012-09-18). "Album Review". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  6. ^ Calvert, John. "Total Loss Review". Fact. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave (2012-09-20). "How to Dress Well: Total Loss – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  8. ^ Calvert, John (2012-09-07). "Album Reviews". NME. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  9. ^ Cohen, Ian (2012-09-20). "How to Dress Well Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  10. ^ Liedel, Kevin (September 14, 2012). "How to Dress Well: Total Loss". Slant Magazine. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ Baron, Zach (September 18, 2012). "How To Dress Well, 'Total Loss' (Acephale/Weird World)". Spin. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Acephale Records – How to Dress Well". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  13. ^ "Weird World Records Releases". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  14. ^ "Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012". Stereogum. December 5, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2012 (3/6)". Pitchfork. December 20, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ Breihan, Tom (August 16, 2012). "How To Dress Well Covers Janet Jackson". Stereogum. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  17. ^ "How to Dress Well - Chart history - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 

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