• Band Name: Pole
  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Apr 22, 2003
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Beats and percussive effects are far more present and grounded in hip-hop as much as they are rooted in dub, which lend the tracks an organic touch never before present.
  2. This is an interesting first step into new territory, a statement of intent.
  3. 80
    Skewed hip hop soundscapes with hints of slinky R&B that could even be described as DJ-friendly. [Jul 2003, p.124]
  4. 60
    At its best, Pole's new sound is winning. [May 2003, p.98]
  5. Betke masterfully manipulates space and echo. [25 Apr 2003, p.151]
  6. Pole’s familiar synth-hissing static has been removed but a chilled atmosphere remains, successfully transforming this release into four club-friendly tracks that will leave you feeling warmer than a glass of red wine.
  7. The entropic quality of the ‘yellow’ Pole has undergone a ‘rehab’ of sorts, resulting in a cleaner and reinvigorated sound.
  8. The feel... is more relaxed, more organic, more approachable. [#230, p.69]
  9. There's no doubt that Betke hasn't lost his finesse in creating tracks, but after such a long hiatus, this EP is a little lacking in the excitement department.
  10. Betke's more minimal application of sound has opened up acres of sonic real estate between the beats.

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