Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Blue Eyed inarguably sets Hollon as one of the finest artists in electronica today, and it would be a shame if you were to miss out on this release.
  2. Frequently magnificent, Blue Eyed in the Red Room offers up more with every listen.
  3. 80
    An agreeably bittersweet album. [Mar 2005, p.101]
  4. 80
    This album is an ideal response to claims that electronic music has no soul. [Apr 2005, p.100]
  5. A noble, high-headed intelligent record.
  6. An intelligent, stimulating, sensitive, bravely confused little album unlike anything else you'll hear until... well, his next one.
  7. Blue Eyed in the Red Room doesn’t fit any hip hop preconceptions. Moving deftly from influenced to influential, Boom Bip defines himself by leaving limitations behind.
  8. One imagines Blue Eyed In The Red Room might serve as an alternative soundtrack to Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. [#252, p.47]
  9. Blue Eyed... pegs him as a nimble architect of texture and melody, chiseling experimental forms into something refined.
  10. Blue Eyed in the Red Room doesn’t quite congeal, primarily because Hollon’s two collaborative efforts are the most impressive moments. Reverse the 8:2 ratio of instrumental to vocal cuts, and we might be talking a long-striding keeper.
  11. A restful wash of clean, simple lines, unfractured beats, and neon-tinted melodies.
  12. A meditative mix of blips and strums. [4 Mar 2005, p.75]
  13. The only complaint is that there seems to be no cohesive thread holding the songs together. [#9]
  14. Full of melancholy instrumentals rich in strings and percussive weirdness. [Mar 2005, p.104]
  15. While not any real cause for concern amongst Boom Bip fans, Blue Eyed in the Red Room is not the masterpiece that they might be hoping for.
  16. Although the mid-record change in direction provides breathing space, it begs the question whether the album was truly in need of any.
  17. Two tracks focusing on guest vocalists are stand-outs.... The other eight songs are more hit-and-miss, often depending on whether Bip's headed toward rock (the blah "Eyelashings," which sounds like a mediocre U2 song, without vocals or a chorus) or hip-hop ("The Move," a nice piece of synthesizer and vibraphone chemistry).
  18. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here. But until then, Blue Eyed in the Red Room is one to skip.
  19. 40
    He can't muster much more than a compose-by-numbers Boards Of Canada kit that's destined for little more than wildlife documentary syndication. [Mar 2005, p.102]
  20. Though comparisons to the Postal Service and M83’s newer work are somewhat understandable, the record lacks emotion in a way that makes it better suited for a Volvo commercial or a Starbucks compilation.

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