Apocalypse - Thundercat
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18

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  1. Jul 17, 2013
    6
    I'll start by saying this is not my type of music, and I only listened to the album digitally online via Rhapsody, but the quality was great.

    Nice first couple of track. Good background music. The mood of the album changes to a bit of medium paced funk that is soft toned with a soulful vocal that is more in focus on 'Special Stage'. The next song 'Tron Song' keeps the soulful melodic
    vocals in most of the spotlight, but brings back the leftfield style, which is a good combo on the track, although a bit schizophrenic at times.

    With the sixth song, somewhat ironically called 'Seven', the vocals disappear (almost) completely, and Thundercat's leftfield experience shines through with the addition of a nice funky guitar solo toward the end. Full quality traditional funk is on display with the humorous 'Oh Sheit It's X'. Thundercat loses me on "Without You" which is a little a too far out there and spread apart. I give him a pass because the next song 'Lotus and the Jondy" is great in so many ways including a cool background drum with solo halfway through that takes the song to a nice nightclub-style ending.

    The album bounces around with style and genre, but ends with a very good outro called "A Message for Austin Praise the Lord Enter the Void" which is a song with an orchestral inspired intro with string instruments, pauses in the middle and then transforms into what I could call a tribal lullaby that toys with becoming leftfield-ish, but just skims the surface of the style.
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  2. Jul 31, 2013
    8
    This Album was for Austin Peralta, his bandmate who passed away. The bass lines and lyrics are meaningful and you have to really listen to the album to appraciate what he has done. Though it may not be as good as The Golden Age of the Apocalypse for some, it does shine. It's an honest and sometimes raw album with a lot of emotion pouring through.
  3. Sep 22, 2013
    5
    This album doesn't feel as great as The Age of Apocalypse. His singing on most of his songs seem worse than on his previous album. There were only a small handful of tracks I enjoyed, like the closing track A Message for Austin. I would recommend listening to his first album before you check out this one.
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    Bruner has elevated his game into something worth noting and more importantly, worth following.
  2. Jul 17, 2013
    75
    The new Apocalypse is leaner and funkier than the more jazzy and sprawling Golden Age Of Apocalypse. [No. 100, p.59]
  3. Jul 10, 2013
    70
    The knotty, punky, Squarepusher-style edges of its predecessor have been smoothed down, with a little too much perfumed whimsy in the mix. [Aug 2013, p.77]