• Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: Feb 27, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. There is a contingent of hip-hop fans who have been impatiently waiting at least since Madvillainy for a record rooted in tradition that offers something just a bit more skewed and challenging. Abandoned Language is that album.
  2. Sounds are given room to breathe and interact, room to develop detailed relationships with each other, and therein lies Abandoned Language's most compelling facet.
  3. The album does what all great art does: guides its audience without giving them concrete answers (or even directions), forcing them to think for themselves instead of blindly following others, and eventually leading them, hopefully, to some kind of greater, albeit more complex, understanding of things.
  4. [Dalek] have harnessed their noise fetish into a sound that's more sedate, but just as unnerving. [Apr 2007, p.194]
  5. Abandoned Language is a much more direct affair than its predecessor.
  6. An absolute triumph from one of the most consistently forward looking hip hop bands in the world today.
  7. Dälek’s message is always expressed with eloquence and originality, and four albums in, they remain one of the most engaging, original acts in contemporary music.
  8. A hip-hop masterpiece. [#17, p.98]
  9. If Dälek didn't have all this discordant float working for them, they'd be one of the most irritating rap groups in history.
  10. Instead of creating a sense of intimidation through overpowering samples and sheer brute force, they realize it through a cinematic eeriness and minimalist disquiet.
  11. Bizarre and not a little perverse. [Apr 2007, p.117]
  12. Ultimately Dalek's fragmented drone makes [rapper] dalek's tired wordplay obsolete, thereby redeeming Abandoned Languages.
  13. Abandoned Language is film noir compared to the group's previous claustrophobic slapstick, and unfortunately that newfound seriousness isn't such a good thing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Nov 5, 2010
    Rap for metal fans. Bland, weak, and drab. If anyone thinks that this artist has talent, I highly suggest doing more research, because thereRap for metal fans. Bland, weak, and drab. If anyone thinks that this artist has talent, I highly suggest doing more research, because there are far better rappers out there. Full Review »
  2. JosephF
    May 14, 2007
    What kind of band name is Dalek? Someone's been watching too much Dr. Who... Exterminate!!
  3. SysTooL
    Mar 17, 2007
    Another excellent album by DALEK. This is real hip hop, dark, ambiant and intelligent. You got to have a try.