• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Apr 17, 2012
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 19, 2012
    70
    Ultimately, Dross Glop cements the versatility of the second version of Battles, establishing them as both a powerful singular and collaborative force.
  2. Apr 17, 2012
    78
    It's a thrilling look inside his brain, a microcosmic version of this peep under the hood that Battles have allowed with Dross Glop, showing off the constituent parts that now make their machine a smooth, assured, and always giddily exciting ride.
  3. Apr 17, 2012
    80
    In nearly every case, the remix version does justice to the original while taking the track to a completely different place sonically.
  4. Apr 16, 2012
    70
    Although the remixes do not do the original songs on 'Gloss Drop' justice, 'Dross Glop' does give other artists their chance to interpret Battles' songs in their own way, from a rap twist with Shabazz Palaces to others going into even more experimental territory than the band themselves.
  5. Apr 12, 2012
    40
    Unfortunately, the majority of Dross Glop's remixers fail to find any new inspiration in reworking the original material. The results are scattershot, meandering, awkward, and often boring.
  6. May 9, 2012
    60
    This remix compilation is a Who's Who of the electronic left field, but doesn't quite retain the character of the album.
  7. Despite a couple speed bumps, Dross Glop is as solid of a collaborative remix album as you're going to find.
  8. Apr 27, 2012
    50
    The remixers seem bent on matching Battles' creativity, though the end result, while at times admirable, may leave listeners longing for a full airing of Gloss Drop.
  9. Apr 18, 2012
    70
    Like many remix collections, Dross Glop doesn't flow particularly well, and it's not quite as dazzling as Gloss Drop, but it once again shows that Battles are up for anything.
  10. Apr 18, 2012
    50
    It's not that it's great or horrible, it just manages to take Battles' exceptional sophomore album Gloss Drop and make it far less interesting and original.
  11. Apr 18, 2012
    70
    It'll take about half an hour before you are asked to leave, but it'll be avery special half an hour that you'll only slightly and in some ways regret.
  12. 60
    Even when the remixes don't come up with anything particularly groundbreaking to say, it's interesting to hear Gloss Drop through new ears.
  13. Apr 17, 2012
    60
    If you're drawn to Battles' nimble melodic turmoil and general musical messiness, you may find some of these electro excursions to be hard work.
  14. Apr 16, 2012
    70
    Overall 'Dross Glop' may please and frustrate in equal measures.
  15. Apr 12, 2012
    60
    For such an experimental band maybe they could have pushed these remixes further instead of into a no-man's land of accessible. For Battles, this is unchallenging territory.
  16. Apr 12, 2012
    60
    Their original tracks are mostly given a more electronic, dancefloor hue, within which styles rollercoast from from hip-hop to garage to African music, and moods from airy to sinister.
  17. May 2, 2012
    70
    Dross Glop sounds a long way from Battles themselves. [Jun 2012, p.69]
  18. Apr 18, 2012
    70
    Some handle the group's distorted guitars with a squeamishly light touch in the pursuit of sleek House and Techno. [Apr 2012, p.68]
  19. Apr 13, 2012
    40
    Too often the reworkings of the songs are either not different enough, or ... just plain boring. [May 2012, p.91]

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