Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 12, 2012
    80
    A strange, spooked and deeply involving record. [Jul 2012, p.105]
  2. Jun 28, 2012
    80
    [Ask The Dust is] an appropriate title for an album this haunting, this layered with wisps of shadowy movement caught out of the corner of one's eye, the last words of those who died alone attempting to connect with the right set of ears, anything that might understand. Indeed, this is a thing of frightening beauty.
  3. Jun 27, 2012
    80
    Think Burial operating on a slower, divergence-filled soundscape.
  4. Jun 26, 2012
    80
    The layers of rhythm, voice and electronics here possess the ability to tell stories, just like the novel after which they're named, and out of their conjurings emerge atmospheres and melodies that will remain in your head.
  5. Jun 26, 2012
    80
    Ask the Dust is one of the more interesting and compelling electro albums of 2012.
  6. Jun 20, 2012
    80
    None of this could be called pushing boundaries, but each production is a striking piece of craftsmanship.
  7. 80
    This is ambitious electronic music rewarding persistence.
  8. Jun 20, 2012
    80
    ess gritty, less grimy, and more digital in its overall sound but no less inventive than its predecessor, Lorn has thrown down another musical challenge that's well worth rising to.
  9. Jun 20, 2012
    80
    Lorn builds winning improvements on an already victorious formula of boom-bap nightmares gone crypt walking.
  10. Jun 25, 2012
    70
    [The album's] obfuscating mires of navel-gazing perhaps precludes it from attaining Ninja Tune classic status, but those of a darker disposition will likely be of the opinion this challenging opus collates Ortega's strongest work to date.
  11. Jun 20, 2012
    60
    The scope might be limited, but at least one truth shines out: he writes songs of unembellished rawness, sharp as a knife and tight as the proletariat wallet.
  12. Jun 26, 2012
    55
    It is what he decides to do with his production skills that is questionable, and although glimpses of solid tunes do show up every so often, Ask the Dust is nonetheless a disappointment.

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