Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    This is music at something like its most natural, made by a collaboration who might not even have met but who have struck up a clear understanding despite the distance between them. More, please.
  2. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    Heavenly. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Lush and smooth, funky and ethereal, Celestial Electric is a sublimely down-tempo album filled with beautiful vocals and gorgeous orchestration. [#81, p. 52]
  4. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    Celestial Electric is overwhelmingly a summer record-but one you can pull out on the coldest of winter nights and be instantly transported to warmer climes with its tropicalia-tinged melodies.
  5. Sep 7, 2011
    80
    Ultimately, Celestial Electric could only have been made now, and it stands on its own merits. As the future sons and daughters of generations come to pass, the genius of Shawn Lee will be widely recognized. With AM up front, Lee is like The Funk Brothers of Motown.
  6. Sep 7, 2011
    76
    Celestial Electric can feel a little freewheeling and exploratory at times, but it also hints at great potential in future collaborations.
  7. Sep 7, 2011
    70
    This type of zip-filed nostalgia is not particularly rare or new, but what makes this meeting of the minds work better than other collaborative vanity projects is the way these two artists' sensibilities flow seamlessly into one another, erasing any sense of the cut-and-pasting that brought the album to life.
  8. Sep 7, 2011
    70
    For longtime fans, Celestial Electric is about as good as one could have hoped for the coming together of two like-minded musicians.
  9. 60
    An engaging blend of slinky Tropicalia, soulful Bacharachia, and enigmatic Euro-thriller themes.
  10. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    Lee ... continues his proclivity for sonic innovation with a plethora of funky grooves and drum lines - with no loops in earshot. AM's psychedelic guitar licks, basslines and vocals underpin an overriding '60s vibe.
  11. Sep 7, 2011
    40
    Celestial Electric settles into its midtempo shuffle early on and rarely strays from it and doesn't do enough to command attention when it does.
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  1. Feb 21, 2012
    9
    Every track sounds like you've heard it before. And LOVED it. A fabulous album for quality 70's and 80's pop lovers. Influences abound. Phoenix would be happy to follow up 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' with an album as good as this. HIGHLY recommended. Full Review »