Caramel - Connan Mockasin
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Nov 4, 2013
    70
    In its own way, it's some of his strangest music, and might appeal more to fans who appreciate his willingness to try anything once than those expecting a repeat of his previous album.
  2. Jan 13, 2014
    50
    Caramel would have made an intriguing EP, but as a full length album it’s a true test of patience for the listener and the musical equivalent of awkwardly stumbling into a room where your sweat-drenched parents are having sex.
  3. Nov 11, 2013
    67
    The word "caramel" is most readily embodied by this music's sensual, flirtatious leanings. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems to just mean "slow", i.e. the pace of swimming through caramel.
  4. Nov 21, 2013
    80
    It seemingly exists in another dimension entirely and by the end of the album you feel as if you've just emerged from a a nightclub in Atlantis. [Dec 2013, p.102]
  5. Oct 31, 2013
    90
    An unusual taste that's well worth acquiring. [Dec 2013, p.66]
  6. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    Caramel consists of weightless, non-danceable funk, drifting in from the edge of consciousness like a vaporised, enervated Scritti Politti. [Dec 2013, p.89]
  7. Allow Caramel to ooze out and it’ll rock you into an unsettling trance.
  8. Nov 14, 2013
    60
    With all its quirkiness, Caramel is dreamy and comforting, a bit like the confection it's named after.
  9. Nov 1, 2013
    60
    A fascinating album and one which will reward with an attentive ear, just don't expect an instant, agreeable listen.
  10. Oct 31, 2013
    80
    He mimics the hip-hop mainstream to brilliant effect, and tracks such as Do I Make You Feel Shy, I'm the Man, That Will Find You and Roll With You fuse such a surreal mix of pixie enchantment and pimped-out creepiness that it's impossible not to be seduced.
  11. 50
    Somewhere in the midst of it all, there’s purportedly a story about a man in love with a dolphin and a car race that concludes with a crash. But, there are already too many baffling things going on to try and decode that bonkers narrative on top of it all.
  12. Nov 5, 2013
    90
    Caramel and Mockasin definitely takes you on one hell of an adventure. Even though it might leave you feeling a little softened and dehydrated, I can’t wait to re-lace up my skates and embark on the next one.
  13. Nov 18, 2013
    76
    It’s a love odyssey, it’s psychedelic free-jazz, it’s whatever Mockasin wants it to be.
  14. 55
    It’s hard to judge if the album has simply missed its mark or, as I suspect, he appears to have lost the enthusiasm and imagination with which he approached his first, vastly superior effort.
  15. Oct 31, 2013
    60
    Caramel is certainly a strange album, but it’s not alienating or difficult to engage with.
  16. Nov 8, 2013
    80
    Once you get past the gimmicks, be they dolphins, falsetto vocals or Japanese girls whispering "we love you Connan", you'll find genuine talent and quality informing the album's blissed out psychedelia. Caramel is a sugary-sweet treat to savour.
  17. 60
    The album seems perfectly named, sounding like funk that's been melted down via psychedelia and stretched into gooey sweetness. There is though, a lot of getting lost too.
  18. Jan 9, 2014
    50
    Caramel is a collection of half-finished songs that force you to fill in the blanks. It's just as frustrating and occasionally enlightening as that sounds.
  19. Nov 8, 2013
    70
    When it works, it’s brilliant.... But at times Caramel feels undercooked.

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