Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. May 31, 2013
    90
    They’ve clearly set out to be innovators not duplicators, and Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is yet another one of their projects that crosses electronic music boundaries and produces something extraordinary.
  2. Each track posseses different sounds, colours, styles and textures, but they combine to make an odd but strangely appealing whole.
  3. 83
    Ultimately Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is a fascinating record, a series of varied and elaborate soundscapes that find the right balance of mood and melody.
  4. 80
    Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is as confident and assured as any great follow-up can be, showcasing a group that is not afraid to cross genre-borders and cast aside the meek post-dubstep moniker.
  5. May 30, 2013
    80
    Package it all together in an album that's sensibly sized and runs smooth as silk, and the evolving and growing Mount Kimbie remain a keeper.
  6. May 28, 2013
    80
    Cold Spring Fault Less Youth carries along the same basic electronic components that you could pick up on in previous Mount Kimbie releases, but beneath the surface is a sound with a texture all its own.
  7. 80
    Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is not entirely faultless, then--but it comes close.
  8. May 24, 2013
    80
    Nothing is off the table, influences are blended and bounced off each other, and it's this tension between elements that makes this a very special record.
  9. May 23, 2013
    80
    All the hustle, serendipity and moments of beautiful clarity that characterise urban life are here in nuanced, very modern song. [Jul 2013, p.78]
  10. May 23, 2013
    80
    The mood is what is rendered most effectively: delicate synth tones are set to echoing percussion and low-key distortion, and the melodies are melancholy.
  11. May 23, 2013
    80
    On the whole, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is a cerebral and arresting follow-up forged in harmonious invention.
  12. May 29, 2013
    77
    Cold Spring is miles from epic or strained, and it's comfortable with its imbalance.
  13. May 29, 2013
    75
    Clocking in at a breezy 37 minutes, Mount Kimbie's second album feels a bit slight by the time it's finished, though not because it's short on great ideas or compelling tunes.
  14. 75
    At a time when dance and electronic becomes increasingly homogenised by the mainstream, Mount Kimbie have released an album that still refuses to court the mundane.
  15. Jun 13, 2013
    70
    Neither languishing nor veering off tangentially, Mount Kimbie have doubtlessly secured themselves longevity with this album. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.99]
  16. 70
    Cold Spring lives on contrast, on stitching together mismatched parts into living mutants. It’s less whole than Crooks & Lovers, less content with the lines drawn around it.
  17. May 24, 2013
    70
    Only time will tell whether CSFLY turns out to be as seminal as Crooks and Lovers, but that isn’t important. What is important is that it’s an accomplished, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable body of work that will be played again and again and again, on the radio, at festivals and in bedrooms the world over.
  18. May 23, 2013
    70
    This is one of the most engaging dance albums you're likely to hear this year.
  19. May 23, 2013
    70
    Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is an album that’s as purposefully awkward as its title: cleverly put together, but occasionally just not very much fun.
  20. Jun 13, 2013
    60
    many of these songs see Campos and Maker presenting compelling musical ideas that simply aren’t expanded upon in an equally compelling manner. Still, Mount Kimbie frequently succeed here in capturing inspired, stirring musical ideas.
  21. Jun 11, 2013
    60
    So while Cold Spring is in many ways a massive leap forward for Mount Kimbie, it's also the sort of transitional album you might expect from a group with a knockout debut.
  22. May 28, 2013
    60
    Kimbie's levels of invention are such that this album still feels tricksy and cutting-edge.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 12, 2014
    10
    After the ground-breaking genius that was Crooks and Lovers, I certainly did not expect their second album to be even more inventive, and even better to boot. But with tracks like "Blood and Form", "You Took Your Time", "Made to Stray", and "Slow" along with seven other tracks of sublime brilliance, this album not only blows through the expectation of their debut, it blows past any previously known forms of music to craft something completely new. At times emotional R&B, at other times dramatic, industrial electronica, and still others the post-dubstep they pioneered themselves, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth somehow manages to be a surprisingly cohesive album with deep lyrics as well. I do not know what Mount Kimbie will do next, but if it is even half as good as Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, it will be fantastic. The only album I can think of comparable to this one is Overgrown by James Blake, but that one is slightly more inclined to R&B, so keep that in mind. Full Review »