Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. As the accompaniment to game play, Chaos Theory is a standout in its field; just don't expect it to be as memorable as the typical Amon Tobin effort.
  2. This isn't a revolutionary album for Tobin but it's a lot of fun, and works surprisingly well on its own, given the stringent requirements it had to meet.
  3. 70
    Tobin delivers fiercely programmed, seriously dark material. [Mar 2005, p.104]
  4. Spins a web of eerie jazz-junglist percussion. [22 Jan 2005, p.51]
  5. Chaos Theory is fiendishly dense and darkly evocative.
  6. It is Amon Tobin's richest work, and incredibly aurally pleasing.
  7. If all you’re looking for is more Tobin material, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re expecting anything more, you’d best look elsewhere.
  8. 40
    It's clever and interesting, but it's hard to escape the feeling that an opportunity to expand and mutate his sound even more went partially wasted. [Apr 2005, p.104]
  9. There’s little doubt that Chaos Theory does what it's meant to do: provide solid background noise to special-ops, night vision-wearing virtual stealth warriors. Compared to the rest of Tobin’s catalog, however, it’s merely a mildly engaging diversionary maneuver.
  10. In the end, it doesn't really matter that it's the soundtrack to a video game that I'll never play. It's a new Amon Tobin album (and a good one at that), and that's all I need.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. KanonA
    Oct 17, 2005
    the most gorgeous soundtrack ever, incredibly melodic and thrilling
  2. andrewj
    Mar 4, 2005
    pay no mind to the hater who sounds like an angry little girl and probably stays up all night listening to basement jaxx. this is an incredible album so intricate that it goes over some heads. not for the stupid. Full Review »
  3. PatrickC
    Feb 27, 2005
    Great Album,I get the impression a people are a little bothered that Amon Tobin did a video game soundtrack. I've always thought Amon Tobin's music was a little ahead of its time, I think Amon Tobin's capacity to see video games' transformation to a respectable genre to be characteristic of the insight displayed in his music. Full Review »