Amygdala - DJ Koze
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 11, 2013
    80
    The album is more daring and creative than Kosi Comes Around, a straightforward offering in a comparative sense.
  2. Mar 27, 2013
    86
    Its visionary ambition recalls the fertile sprawl of Villalobos’ 2003 debut Alcachofa; baroque techno blessed with the carefree spirit of lounge music and Quiet Storm, dressed up in tie-dye, the music on Amygdala glows with an easy confidence.
  3. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    Amygdala is the sort of wonderfully slowed-down and spun-out electronica that suggests DJ Koze should get himself into the studio more often. [May 2013, p.104]
  4. Apr 2, 2013
    70
    The root vibe is elegant techno minimalism, but that vibe is augmented with wildly eccentric detailing.
  5. Apr 3, 2013
    70
    Amygdala is a thoroughly immersive album, possessing so many layers that it seems to change upon each listen.
  6. Mar 27, 2013
    80
    Amygdala is the most fearless and most accomplished thing he's ever made: a smorgasbord of sonic possibility, a new idea around every corner, each vibrantly alive in a wide sound field.
  7. Mar 27, 2013
    80
    The number of guests (including Matthew Dear, Apparat, and Caribou’s Dan Snaith) and the songs’ lengths, depths, and varying textures make it easy to get spun.
  8. 80
    [A] sleek and immersive new album.
  9. Mar 27, 2013
    70
    Amygdala manages to feel like a singular labour of love, a 78-minute piece that never feels laborious that is the accomplishment.
  10. Nothing here is overtly thrilling but ultimately the record is a real joy to listen to.
  11. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    It's infectious and almost a little too odd, yet it's totally at ease. In other words, it's DJ Koze doing what he's done for well over a decade.
  12. Apr 2, 2013
    85
    Without necessarily bucking the trends of today, Koze has provided a complete picture of his truly singular outlook on dance music.
  13. Apr 2, 2013
    80
    The guest list on Amygdala proves his pull, boasting marquee names to help Koze construct a dense, intense and highly individual album of nuanced house.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 12, 2013
    9
    easily the most creative, broadest and radiant album i have listened to so far this year. quick sketch of a review here: http://simmserely.blogspot.com/2013/04/dj-koze-amygdala-review-sketch.html Full Review »