• Record Label: Hyperdub
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2013
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 16, 2014
    80
    In a world where electronic music is omnipresent, Laurel Halo succeeds on Chance of Rain in creating a distinctive voice, one that never allows the listener to settle into a sense of security.
  2. Dec 11, 2013
    70
    Halo's voice is never heard--likely a relief for those who found Quarantine too unsettling--but this is about as jolly as the cover illustration, drawn by her father.
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    This is dance music, but not as we know it, and a delight to experience. [Oct 2013, p.47]
  4. Dec 2, 2013
    80
    Deranged and balefully bleak.
  5. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    It's another absorbing, sonically rich record, albeit one lacking a chunk of the charm that marked out its predecessor. [Dec 2013, p.89]
  6. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    While that may sound par for techno course, it's shot through with discordant sonics and a bubbling surface that makes even the most wildly different moments feel like part of the same voyage. [Dec 2013, p.107]
  7. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    It’s a record with an elliptical force exerting itself on something altogether more mechanical; the cover art, an illustration by Halo’s father, attests to this, taking the drudgery of a work-late, watch-checking morning and placing it firmly in the afterlife.
  8. Nov 11, 2013
    80
    Anyone enthralled by the previous album may feel there is something missing here. Instead, what we have is the true expression of the artist finding salvation in musical release and forging new paths using established forms.
  9. Nov 11, 2013
    70
    There's a sketchbook quality to the album, a formlessness that it never quite escapes, nor seems to want to. But there are worse things to do, Halo knows, than to get lost in the clouds for a while.
  10. Nov 7, 2013
    60
    Chance of Rain is a good techno album, but never strives for much more than that. It’s a bigger adventure, for sure, but it never feels more adventurous.
  11. Nov 1, 2013
    90
    The image has no direct connection to the music (it was drawn in the '70s, before Halo was born) but it's intricate, strange and beautiful--much like the album itself.
  12. Oct 31, 2013
    80
    The listlessness of the structures is initially offputting, but the tracks begin to reveal luxurious depths. [Dec 2013, p.69]
  13. 70
    Vocal-free, Chance Of Rain sees Laurel Halo once more stepping back behind the sounds of her machines, but it’s the depth of those sounds that speaks volumes.
  14. Oct 30, 2013
    74
    Craggy and hard as hell, you'll wish Chance of Rain forged a few more such moments [like the title track], but its consistent, nagging ability to knock you off balance is worth wrestling with.
  15. Oct 30, 2013
    100
    An astonishingly challenging album in every sense of the word; and for this, it is one of the most fascinating and beautiful things I have heard in years.
  16. Oct 29, 2013
    80
    Chance Of Rain sinks its hooks in deeper.
  17. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    Chance of Rain will likely prove less controversial than Quarantine, but by no means is it a less challenging record.
  18. 80
    Plainly speaking, this is psychedelic music, and it’s music that’s both moving and a pleasure to move to.
  19. Oct 25, 2013
    90
    Halo's music has never felt beholden to nostalgia or thematic consistency, leaving Chance of Rain as a shining example of an artist striving to operate within a creative vacuum.
  20. Oct 25, 2013
    70
    Chance of Rain defies easy explanation, an album that is more like a bout of freak weather than a light shower.
  21. Oct 25, 2013
    80
    Chance of Rain hinges on uncertainty and fluctuating pressure, not outpouring. It’s impersonal, then, but never inhuman.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    7
    After Quarantine Laurel Halo has taken a step back and revisited her techno sound of her Hour Logic EP. Where Quarantine was a brave andAfter Quarantine Laurel Halo has taken a step back and revisited her techno sound of her Hour Logic EP. Where Quarantine was a brave and ultimately successful experiment Chance of Rain feels like a regressive move.

    Some of Chance of Rain is enjoyable with hints of new directions but without the vocals of previous work makes the album less striking and characterless.
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  2. Oct 31, 2013
    9
    In my opinion, Laurel Halo made an amazing debut album in 2012: 'Quarantine' built an atmosphere of dense claustrophobia, with heavy ambianceIn my opinion, Laurel Halo made an amazing debut album in 2012: 'Quarantine' built an atmosphere of dense claustrophobia, with heavy ambiance constructed by industrial, dark electronic synths paired with melted and tuneless, expressive and creepy vocals that are like instruments. The album had a sci-fi, sometimes outer-space feel, in which the machines are made of flesh and they cut themselves deeper to expose a steely structure (driven by blood). That said, the cover art is also hugely meaningful; the picture, a drawing made by Japanese artist Makoto Aida, is equally disturbing and unnerving as many tracks from 'Quarantine'. The high school girls committing harakiri disclose their viscera, their guts, in a gesture of purification but, otherwise, a demonstration of illness a desire to be infected and affected by the inorganic pulses of mechanical beings during 40 days of doomed feelings.

    When I first listened to 'Chance of Rain', I obviously felt the total difference between the two albums. 'Chance' sounds to me like the victory of machines, now beyond the flesh and blood vs. metallic; those machines have incorporated the human essence, the movement of people, so that they could made it on their own way. In my ears, this album stands for the capacity of making things move or predict their movement. The sounds are stretched to the wider range of IDM, minimal techno, drone and experimental, going through a landscape of difficultly danceable tracks. The songs are like waves, which go back and forth bringing new shapes and new nuances of rhythm. They're quite like post-Internet, designed in a cold and empty scenery where Laurel Halo, as a producer and one-woman band, fuses herself with her diversified pallet sound experiments. Now voiceless, but not meaningless, she dodges simple tags and demands the physical attention of the listener crafting a complex and obscure work.

    My personal highlights: "Oneiroi", "Serendip", "Chance of Rain" and "Ainnome".
    I'm still digging this record, feeling its meanings and trying to figure out the title and the cover art (Halo selected an eerie drawing). I've got some guesses, but now I feel safe only in order to recommend this stunning work of a gifted musician.
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