Dependent and Happy

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  • Summary: The first solo release in five years for the techno artist was also released as a five vinyl LP set.
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  1. Sep 26, 2012
    82
    It's true that destruction can be an act of creation, but the same goes the other way around: In building, Villalobos, with his big ideas and cheerful disposition, tears down.
  2. Sep 26, 2012
    80
    Dependent and Happy sounds like the hungriest dance music that Ricardo Villalobos has recorded in some time.
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    80
    Maybe people with better audio equipment or a more jaded approach to electronic music have been enjoying him this much all along, but the remaining 47 percent are in for a surprise.
  4. The Wire
    Jan 8, 2013
    80
    The synthetic sounds are more liquid and alive, the rhythms more nonchalantly funky, the unfolding narratives more gripping than previous work. [Dec 2012, p.64]
  5. Sep 26, 2012
    70
    This CD version has some outstanding moments, and at times is a masterful lesson in dream-like production.
  6. Oct 17, 2012
    60
    These songs feel ripped from sets you'll most likely never see, as the technical skill of Villalobos conspicuously reminds the listener of the less boring record it could have been.