Again - Colder
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nguyen has created what will probably be one of 2003's best albums. 'Again' is a dark and sexy record that reveals itself seductively over time.
  2. 82
    Music for smoking and looking bored has rarely ever been this decisively brilliant. [#10, p.98]
  3. 80
    A debut on par with the music of Massive Attack, Underworld or Kruder & Dorfmeister.
  4. 80
    Colder's continuous atmosphere of experimentation, and his own off-kilter vocal delivery, keep you on the edge of your ledge. [Jun 2004, p.84]
  5. Again is probably one of the most derivative albums I’ve ever heard. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.
  6. It's the kind of recording many people can enjoy and want to have in their collection. You can throw it on in most any circumstance. It has the sensuality to seduce, the edge to agitate and the style to inspire.
  7. 70
    Although modern electronic fans may find Nguyen's well-versed reconstruction of the past a bit too underwhelming... studied rock postmodernists will find his mix of retro-influences and garage-y vibes worthwhile. [#7, p.72]
  8. Again would have made a much more solid album had it exhausted its ideas in half the runtime. As it stands, there's simply not enough development within any track to justify its length, and the loops are too subdued and unengaging to hold its listeners' attention.
  9. Labeling Again as entirely derivative would be inaccurate, as Tan folds flourishes of dub and krautrock into a lascivious mix of after-hours cool.
  10. Amounts to little more than the sum of its inspirations and coy references.
  11. 60
    There's something far too aloof about Again. [#64, p.84]
  12. Again is an opportunity missed by such distance as to become pointless and even irritating.

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