• Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2012
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7

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  1. May 26, 2012
    7
    Earl Willis Beal on his latest album "Acousmatic Sorcery" by recording in lo-fi technique and quite minimalist overtones created works of incredible atmosphere. We can find reminiscent of Bob Dylan "Monotony", blues "Take Me Away" or a completely carefree "Evening's Kiss". Design of the album is quite unique, avant-garde and the most worthy of attention.
  2. Jun 6, 2012
    5
    Clearly Good Vocals But Musicly Willis Earl Beal Needs ALOT OF HELP!
    Very Mixed Feelings About The Album..
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Oct 9, 2012
    40
    It's frustrating and intriguing in equal doses.
  2. Jul 18, 2012
    80
    Beal's vocals shift from Screaming Jay Hawkins wails to the lo-fi R&B melancholy of Cody ChesnuTT, while his chattering snake times rhythms summon up the ghosts of Moondog and Sun Ra, taking things to another level entirely. [Jun 2012, p.83]
  3. Apr 30, 2012
    50
    Ultimately, a good story in and of itself does not a transcendent album make. Acousmatic Sorcery struggles with being everything you want its out-of-the-box art to be and the reality of what it is: an intriguing work overloaded with unedited brainstorms and non-sequiturs that rarely gives the more compelling elements room to breathe and stretch out.