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  • Summary: 1980's influences exist throughout the latest album for the Texas-born electronic artist.
  • Record Label: Ghostly International
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Techno, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic, Experimental Techno
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The lyrical immediacy and intimacy lift Black City leagues above much of the disassociated drivel that's labeled vocal house.
  2. It's predictably brilliant; another display of Dear's dazzling musical imagination.
  3. The production is as inventive and immersive as ever, but what separates this album from the last is that Dear mostly sticks with one theme all the way through.
  4. An assemblage of electro-pop, affecting melodies and Dear's sonorous voice, Black City variously recalls Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem and The Magnetic Fields. [Sept. 2010, p. 114]
  5. Dear's tempos here are mostly slow, never rising above moderate, and the result is an anxious but exhilarating journey through the night.
  6. It's sonically peculiar, coolly melodic, relentlessly detailed and, frequently, exhilarating.
  7. The production on Black City feels thin, particularly compared to what Dear is capable of--as, fatally, does the songwriting; tracks putter along aimlessly without ever reaching anywhere interesting.

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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 26, 2014
    8
    The tracks on their own have enough poignancy to warrant multiple listens, and although Dear's production shows prowess in establishingThe tracks on their own have enough poignancy to warrant multiple listens, and although Dear's production shows prowess in establishing synchronicity, the lyrical component does not match, leaving itself to feel like forced conceptual catharsis. If it wasn't for the release of 'Headcage', 'Slowdance' would be the lone unforgettable standout of Dear's ambitious catalogue. Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2010
    7
    This album provides a skillful level of cohesion throughout its tracks. The multiple layering of vocals creates ambient lyrical environment.This album provides a skillful level of cohesion throughout its tracks. The multiple layering of vocals creates ambient lyrical environment. Musically, the album contains interesting percussive details, and comparisons aside, at times spans popular genres. While "Dark City" is certainly a dark album, its turning point comes during 'Monkey", a slightly humorous pick-me-up before the end. Replay value: 3/5. Expand