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  • Summary: The posthumous release for the singer-songwriter/producer was recorded over several years before it was completed a month before his death in July.
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  1. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2018
    90
    The gravity of his subject matter finds a contrast in Swift's playful musical settings. [Dec 2018, p.33]
  2. Sep 24, 2018
    90
    Despite its subject matter and context, The Hex is by no means a grim listen. It’s very much a continuation and, inevitably, a conclusion of the fine solo work Richard Swift did in the past, and a fitting and self-aware cap on a career that ended far too early.
  3. Sep 24, 2018
    89
    He was better known for his studio acumen and production work than his own songs, yes, but his solo albums are revered among those lucky enough to have heard them. The Hex will only bolster his legacy.
  4. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    Altogether, The Hex is a complicated record of a period fraught with loss and psychic struggle for Swift, and its beautiful, twisted lyricism and memorably stylized sound rise to the occasion.
  5. Mojo
    Oct 22, 2018
    80
    The Hex expands brilliantly in a musical vision that had lain mostly dormant. [Dec 2018, p.90]
  6. Sep 26, 2018
    80
    For those new to his work, The Hex serves as a fully realized glimpse of the universe he spent his career mapping. But there’s also a sense he’s speaking directly to a select few.
  7. Sep 24, 2018
    70
    Swift sings on the sweet, lonesome “Dirty Jim,” which has lyrics that sum up the album’s deep tones of loneliness and regret. Offsetting some of that weight are Swift’s generous soul and rock arrangements, which he tracked almost entirely on his own, with a deft studio touch.

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