Black Mesa

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. May 17, 2012
    70
    As far as drone or ambient records go, Black Mesa is accessible and melodious.
  2. May 17, 2012
    70
    Despite the added breadth, Porras still sticks to the bare necessities to get his point across, making for guitar passages that meditate on every ringing note and hazy chord.
  3. May 17, 2012
    60
    Black Mesa ventures deep into individuality but it's ultimately a fever dream that's more accessible to the man who created it rather than to an audience.
  4. The Wire
    Jul 24, 2012
    70
    Porras here maps a liminal space with a fine balance of spontaneity and judgement, building towards a revelation which occurs--so as to preserve the mystery--just out of view. [May 2012, p.70]
  5. May 17, 2012
    60
    The album as a whole falls short of offering us anything new or of exceeding quality in relation to either Porras' other projects or the work of similarly-minded artists. Still, Black Mesa is an unmistakably effective, quality genre piece by an artist highly invested in the form.

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