Desertshore/The Final Report


Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 12, 2012
    Where Desertshore and The Final Report connect is through a fascination with reaching the point where beauty gets tangled up with ugliness.
  2. Dec 12, 2012
    Desertshore is really only the jumping-off point (Beachy Head?) for an album of ultimately rather bleak electronic songs.... The strongest performances, in fact, come on the two tracks vocalled by Cosey herself.
  3. Mojo
    Jan 18, 2013
    Even after three intervening decades of teknoid endeavour, these pioneers remained uniquely disturbing. [Feb 2013, p.88]
  4. Dec 12, 2012
    Desertshore/The Final Report ends up a perfect epitaph, not merely for Peter Christopherson, but for the band whose name isn't on the cover.
  5. The Wire
    Jan 8, 2013
    Desertshore is less a report than a dramatisation, an upending of their defiantly aura-less usurping of traditional performance modes in favour of a theatricality that feels more selfconsciously like a big event than the DIY/samizdat style of old.... [The Final Report] fares a little better, though again, it's a shame XTG have framed it in the form of a report.[Dec 2012, p.69]
  6. Jul 15, 2013
    The whole project is haunted by mournfulness and death. And that of course suits a Nico tribute well.
  7. Dec 12, 2012
    By fulfilling their dear friend's wishes, on Desertshore Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti have paid him a glorious, beautiful tribute that, like Nico's original album, celebrates the glowing eddies of sex and life and death.

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