Darkel

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. New Musical Express (NME)
    60
    The whiff of soft-rock schmaltz is occasionally close to overpowering. [16 Sep 2006, p.36]
  2. Urb
    60
    Suffers slightly from pasteurized cheese. [Oct 2006, p.120]
  3. Q Magazine
    60
    Generally there's a lightness here he'd do well to retain. [Oct 2006, p.118]
  4. If the naivity and high-pitched voice don't grate, chances are the shifting soundscapes will still leave you charmed.
  5. Mojo
    60
    This isn't Air, but something quirkier. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  6. When Dunckel moves away from pop immediacy, the results are often puzzling.
  7. It sounds like Air divided by two, but it's all too easy to hear what's missing.
  8. Even when Dunckel stays closer to type, here he usually relies on unremarkable downtempo beats to support unfortunate space-hippie mewlings.
  9. Without his band's usual deep-pile arrangements, these twinkling melodies and synth-prog twiddles sound rather insubstantial.
  10. Sometimes moody, sometimes optimistic, this doesn’t feel sure of what it wants to be and instead feels a little like an Air outtakes album.
  11. Spin
    40
    So faceless that it'll make you hanker for Dirty Vegas deep cuts. [Oct 2006, p.96]
  12. Uncut
    40
    The pappy, throwaway nature of the tunes undermines any serious intent. [Oct 2006, p.124]
  13. What is blatantly obvious is that Mr Dunckel should politely be steered away from the microphone at all future recording sessions.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. PatricioE
    Dec 27, 2006
    9
    I think its a great work, if u are a big fan of air, you can notice the influence he has on air´s music, the complete album is very I think its a great work, if u are a big fan of air, you can notice the influence he has on air´s music, the complete album is very relaxing, perfect for a rainy afternoon!! greetings from monterrey, mexico. Full Review »
  2. patip
    Dec 14, 2006
    9
    i know that not everybody liked it. but when you are a strong fan of Air, you can notice that this album is what it would be a step forward i know that not everybody liked it. but when you are a strong fan of Air, you can notice that this album is what it would be a step forward in Air's sound, if they published a new work. please, hear it with more attention. it sounds strange, maybe kitsch, but not exactly repeating Air. really! ... uh, Sorry.. i love this album ;0). pati from Mexico City Full Review »
  3. AlexA
    Nov 12, 2006
    6
    For Air fans only.