User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17

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  1. Jan 4, 2011
    10
    This album got me introduced (and addicted) to electronic and dub music. It starts beautiful with a prelude to Kiara, and when the latter begins, the introduction of the bass is simply gorgeous. With the perfect vocals from Andreya Triana, this record is a thrill from the very beginning to the last second. It's a shame few people I know have heard of this gem..
  2. Aug 30, 2011
    10
    Bonobo makes music that everyone can enjoy. My mom likes it, my 60 year old boss liked it (she hated everything else I played) I LOVE it. The genre is called Chill-out and that makes sense cause it so smooth and rhythmic. "Eyesdown" is one of the most played songs in my itunes, it is just so beautiful. As DopeBird said, this album was also one the first electronic music albums I everBonobo makes music that everyone can enjoy. My mom likes it, my 60 year old boss liked it (she hated everything else I played) I LOVE it. The genre is called Chill-out and that makes sense cause it so smooth and rhythmic. "Eyesdown" is one of the most played songs in my itunes, it is just so beautiful. As DopeBird said, this album was also one the first electronic music albums I ever listened to and still the best. Expand
  3. Apr 24, 2015
    9
    I love Bonobo's music. His albums create such a perfect chill mood that's especially great for studying to. Instrumental music has a tendency to get boring, but Black Sands is very rhythmic and melodic, so even though most of the songs don't have any singing, they're hard not to hum along to. Overall it's an extremely enjoyable album, one I listen to frequently whenever I'm trying to relax.
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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. For a style of electronica (chillout/downtempo) that's grown decidedly dusty over the past decade--even though Bonobo is clearly striving to move well beyond such staid genre divisions, and in many ways succeeding, that's probably still the best place to slot him if you gotta--Black Sands is a welcome infusion of life and warmth.
  2. Although the parallels with Bonobo's peers are obvious, his fourth album doesn't just sit in their shadows. Rather, it's an inspiring example of how, free of pressure and publicity, he has blossomed into something beautiful at his own pace.
  3. [The title track] may not be very Bonobo, but it is very beautiful, and--like much else on his latest long play--begs to be listened to.