After five years in the wilderness, Johnny Jewel —the production mastermind behind Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire, Farah et al— came back with a 16-song, 78-minute vengeance. Of course, Jewel wasn't exactly in the wilderness: the past half-decade offering all manner of freely-released files, killer 12-inches, fame-makin' work on Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive
, and the debut of instrumental project Symmetry. But for fans who'd spent years in wait, Kill for Love
played like a comeback. The double-LP sprawls far beyond the icy Italo disco Chromatics're known for, surveying vast swathes of soundtrackism, noise, ghostly electro-pop, and unabashed rock mythology. It's an opus of blessed excess; a long, strange trip welcoming back a singular studio talent.