Built on Glass

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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Australian producer, songwriter, and singer Nick Murphy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 90
    This record is intelligent, succinct in its ambitions, and more than anything, it’s pretty bloody cool.
  2. Apr 10, 2014
    80
    However varied the influences, there’s one thing the songs have in common: they all make you feel some type of way.
  3. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    Built on Glass isn't so much limited as it is a wonderful mood piece, so think calm and cool with purpose, and then get hip to the restrained and resonating sound of Faker.
  4. Apr 15, 2014
    75
    It’s sometimes hard to tell who Faker wants to be, which is funny considering his name--but it’s massively enjoyable in bits and pieces.
  5. Apr 15, 2014
    73
    Chet Faker's first full-length album proves that the artist is eager to explore new frontiers.
  6. Apr 17, 2014
    72
    The album’s enthralling fusion of electronica and soul proves that Faker’s glass foundation is a prism showing his colorful range.
  7. Apr 7, 2014
    60
    There are enough moments of musical eclecticism here to suggest that Built On Glass is his solid starting point, rather than a definitive statement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Apr 29, 2014
    9
    Chet Faker's debut album is amazing, he made huge huge progress after "Thinking in textures' EP. He reminds me of James Blake, but his voiceChet Faker's debut album is amazing, he made huge huge progress after "Thinking in textures' EP. He reminds me of James Blake, but his voice is much deeper. It's perfect record to listen with your girlfriend. I keep listen to it whole time. There is no weak song, you don't have to press "forward" at any point. Music is brilliant, mix of electronic sounds with soft piano and other instruments. Everybody should give this CD a shot. 9/10 from me. Expand
  2. May 5, 2014
    9
    Amazing debut from from a good aussie lad. The whole album's put together really well.
    Standout tracks:
    Blush Release Your Problems 1998
    Amazing debut from from a good aussie lad. The whole album's put together really well.
    Standout tracks:
    Blush
    Release Your Problems
    1998
    Talk is Cheap
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  3. Jan 11, 2015
    9
    In an era where tasteless and plastic-made pop stars shine for doing exactly the same things all over again, I celebrate on artists like ChetIn an era where tasteless and plastic-made pop stars shine for doing exactly the same things all over again, I celebrate on artists like Chet Faker, who are not afraid of taking risks, exploring new territories, crossing boundaries and playing with melodies and structures; making things differently - and actually, doing a great job! Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2015
    8
    Chilled, catchy and intriguing. Chet Faker's voice is almost an instrument in itself in many of these songs, and the crisp production fusesChilled, catchy and intriguing. Chet Faker's voice is almost an instrument in itself in many of these songs, and the crisp production fuses the genres electronica, indie, house and ambient music into one. An interesting debut. Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    3
    Chet Faker, he's a capable producer, But he falls horrifically short as a singer, in my opinion. He does brings together a few decent songsChet Faker, he's a capable producer, But he falls horrifically short as a singer, in my opinion. He does brings together a few decent songs and instrumentals on this debut album of his, though, specifically Talk Is Cheap and Gold. Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2014
    3
    Disappointing. Chet makes many vital mistakes as a singer; he often confuses passion for straining which can easily be heard on 'Release yourDisappointing. Chet makes many vital mistakes as a singer; he often confuses passion for straining which can easily be heard on 'Release your Problems', and most of the time he stays comfortably in his low-mid range, occasionally leaving this range to deliver a barely held and off-key high note which could make anyone wince. Aside from the flaws in his singing, the production brings predictable R&B beats to the table with nothing too special about them. To me, it seems that Chet is trying to hard to be a more accessible James Blake, but fails to deliver the so desperately needed vocals for contemporary R&B. Expand