Draft 7.30 - Autechre

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    By the time we reach "Surripere" we could be listening to a toughened-up Aphex Twin, poignant harmonies battling against oblique but splintering beats. [May 2003, p.92]
  2. Most importantly, though, the duo has pulled away from the brink; no one ever doubted that Autechre was at the extreme of experimental techno for its own sake, but given a record like Draft 7.30, listeners might actually return for multiple listens.
  3. 80
    The opposition between sonic abstraction and more familiar pop elements like beats, riffs and grooves creates a welcome tension. [#58, p.83]
  4. A feast of buried treasure, a flickerframe parade which continually offers up magical fragments of sound, revelatory and transitory in equal measure. [#230, p.46]
  5. It's a mixed bag, to be sure, but even Autechre's clichés are more interesting than nearly everything else you'll hear this year.
  6. 70
    Mesmerising stuff. [Mar 2003, p.109]
  7. 70
    Draft's second half will hold more sway over those pining for the minor-key melodiousness of works through Tri Repetae++. [Jun 2003, p.93]
  8. As complex and remarkable as everything that preceded it. [Jun 2003, p.92]
  9. Though it is at times a forbidding and daunting listen, piercing through the dense thicket of sounds reveals a wealth of melody and funk underlining Autechre's irregular electro rhythms.
  10. An album that applies Confield's ideas to less embarrassingly stunted ends.
  11. An unfortunate combination of familiar methods, beats and timbres won't overshadow the ultimately uninspiring music.
  12. Whereas 2001's 'Confield' often felt like a thankless task 'Draft 7.30' is often, by Autechre standards at any rate, a much more welcoming beast.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 28, 2013
    I heard this album quickly and with no concentration whatsoever, so i was disappointed, i thought this was Autechre's weakest album, i was upset and frustrated, i gave the album 10 more listenings, conclusion: Its one of Autechre's best albums. Full Review »
  2. Morgan
    Sep 19, 2008
    Nothing special on first listen. However, after getting better acquainted, this has grown to be one of my favourite albums. Have been listening to it about once a week for nearly four years and still haven't tired of it's intricacies. Patience required, but highly recommended. Full Review »
  3. AndrewD.
    Mar 10, 2008
    Listening to this album felt as if I was being strangled by a robot, the only matter in which I could breath being digital binary, and I just continued to drown in robotic and metallic bliss. Draft 7.30 is probably one of the most experimental albums ever made in the history of music. Full Review »