Dr. Dee

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: May 8, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. May 8, 2012
    Only with the exquisite, hazily-focused Dr Dee, Albarn has succeeded in alchemically--if not perfectly--transforming cotton and foil into silver and gold.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2012
    What could have easily sounded like an extended theme tune for Blackadder proves a classy and durable listen. [Jun 2012, p.88]
  3. May 3, 2012
    Albarn has done his research but this is no dry slice of worthy academia; the way the spirit of each style interlocks is brilliant, and he continues to pull memorable melodies out of his (Elizabethan) hat.
  4. May 3, 2012
    There's some brave music, and reminders of Albarn's gift for melody.
  5. Uncut
    May 3, 2012
    Dr. Dee is the most compelling record Albarn has made since Blur's 13; his first proper solo record, with all the emotional engagement that implies. [Jun 2012, p.63]
  6. Jun 18, 2012
    At times, without the visual aids of the stage production, it whips from cohesive to confusing but, for the most part, 'Dr Dee' is a boundary-pushing triumph.
  7. Magnet
    Jun 13, 2012
    The whole of Dr. Dee is bucolic yet slightly nervy with Albarn's chatty croon acting as yet another gentle breeze wafting through the Arcadian affair. It's not the Damon-pop solo you hoped for. [No.88 p.52]
  8. May 8, 2012
    If it's not a masterwork it's an evocative accompaniment to a summer's day, a sporadic but persuasive reminder of how spine-tingling Albarn's voice can be, and yet another musical genre ticked off his list with studious accomplishment and loving care.
  9. May 8, 2012
    It's accessible in parts, immensely challenging in others, and beguiling in its entirety.
  10. May 8, 2012
    Overblown yet elegant and intimate, this is a bold undertaking; arcane, abstract, absolutely remarkable.
  11. May 3, 2012
    What you do get with Dr Dee is a fleetingly beautiful record that is baffling and bewitching in equal measure, and one that should inspire people to see the accompanying opera as it tours this summer.
  12. May 7, 2012
    The Dr Dee soundtrack is a deeply felt but difficult to love entry into Albarn's entirely singular discography.
  13. May 7, 2012
    If you enjoy church hymnals, tabernacle choirs, tunes from the Elizabethan era and all things Stratford-upon-Avon, you'll pleasantly enjoy Dr Dee's attempt at a modern interpretation of the ancient, packing a lost piece of history into 2012.
  14. 63
    Dr Dee's well-defined boundaries mean it lacks the sense of adventure found in previous efforts, but Albarn deserves kudos for such artistic fearlessness.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 22, 2012
    Nothing to see here... move along. I didn't enjoy this as much as I could have, but I speak for many people in saying that Mr. Albarn shouldNothing to see here... move along. I didn't enjoy this as much as I could have, but I speak for many people in saying that Mr. Albarn should stick to Gorillaz and Blur. Full Review »