Channel Pressure - Ford & Lopatin
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  • Summary: Previously known as Games, Joel Ford and Daniel Lopatin release their debut full-length album under their new name.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 17, 2011
    90
    It's an album that gets better with every play, with every peeling back of its more obvious, glossy layers. It especially repays headphone use, where each stutter, bend, warp, and pitchshift can be discovered and new subtleties can become apparent.
  2. Jun 8, 2011
    80
    Deeply rewarding and slyly addictive, Channel Pressure is an uncommon gem, a difficult record that really isn't difficult at all.
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    80
    Channel Pressure asks some complex questions about pop's obsession with nostalgia, although the likes of "Joey Rogers" and "The Voices"--with hints of Daft Punk's "Digital Love"--also functions as irresistible pop tunes on a more basic level. [Jul 2011, p.82]
  4. Jun 8, 2011
    75
    The album would be tiring if were nothing but a sincere homage to the cheesy pop of yesteryear, but F&L temper Channel Pressure with abstract vocal exercises and overcast instrumentals to keep the balance right.
  5. Jun 16, 2011
    75
    More than anything else, Channel Pressure is a triumph of studio craft and evidence that the group has as much potential as producers as they do as composers.
  6. This album is like candy; it's not great for you, but it tastes delicious and goes down easy. Plus, it's only 37 minutes long, so it's not like listening to it requires a huge time investment.
  7. Aug 12, 2011
    50
    As a pop album, Channel Pressure falls short, primarily because the songs simply aren't as good as their impeccable references demand. [Jun 20111, p.46]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 3, 2011
    8
    If you know Daniel Lopatin only from his ambient/drone project called Oneohtrix Point Never, youâ
  2. Jun 16, 2011
    1
    Nope. LIstened to it a couple of times but nothing. I even played it by mistake once and was saying to myself what was this. Goes nowhere. Delete.......Delete.........Delete Expand

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