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  • Summary: The second release for British producer Kieran Hebden in 2013 as Four Tet is his first full-length since 2010's There Is Love in You.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 15, 2013
    90
    From the brash, banging tracks all the way to the idyllic soft touches, Beautiful Rewind is captivating and completely refreshing to hear.
  2. Oct 10, 2013
    80
    Beautiful Rewind is the sound of an artist looking to cut loose, and its playful spirit proves catching.
  3. Oct 10, 2013
    80
    In general, the album's tracks take more risks, and surprise in a way that we've not quite heard from Hebden before.
  4. Oct 17, 2013
    80
    Quickly working 11 tracks into 40 minutes, the album is visceral and unrefined, two qualities not often associated with Hebden.
  5. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    Free from any external pressure to conform, Hebden has managed to make a wholly uncompromising record that remains compulsive from start to finish. [Dec 2013, p.115]
  6. Oct 18, 2013
    70
    A focus on beats and ecstatic dance fever comes at the expense of more expansive songcraft revealed by Four Tet of yore, but the effect remains otherworldly in its mix of finesse and raucous musical adventure.
  7. 58
    As with The King of the Limbs, Beautiful Rewind is always keeping us at arm’s length, coldly allowing us to admire the craft without letting us in on the secret. It can make for a lonely listen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 28, 2014
    8
    With cohesive ordering and challenging arrangements, Four Tet sets up an album that is perplexing enough to keep you interested, and simpleWith cohesive ordering and challenging arrangements, Four Tet sets up an album that is perplexing enough to keep you interested, and simple enough to wonder why Beautiful Rewind is frequently reminiscent of being the first of its kind. Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    7
    One or two genuine club thumpers make this Four Tet's funnest album to date. Had he stayed in the same beat-y kind of vein, the album wouldOne or two genuine club thumpers make this Four Tet's funnest album to date. Had he stayed in the same beat-y kind of vein, the album would have been close to epic. Expand