Edgeland - Karl Hyde
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    This is sweetly strange and often emotional music--an album of disquieting tone poems and outlandish lullabies.
  2. May 16, 2013
    60
    The result is unexpected; thick, major label-backed, acoustically driven independent pop songs with a folkish tinge, laced with soft electronics and David Bryne-like vocals. BBC Radio 2 beckons.
  3. May 10, 2013
    70
    The result is an album that’s likely too oblique for mass appeal, but that should be treasured both by anyone who has a taste for these kinds of self-contained, gorgeously appointed sonic miniatures and by Underworld fans who appreciate Hyde’s dreamier poetic side.
  4. Apr 29, 2013
    80
    A joyous but intricate album, Edgeland is a perfectly paced outlet for Hyde’s cryptic urban snapshots.
  5. Apr 29, 2013
    70
    Mellow, abstract, and alluring, this worthwhile journey also offers Underworld fans a clear picture of Hyde's artistic contribution to the group.
  6. Apr 25, 2013
    60
    The tone of observational distance build to an understated climax with "Shadow Boy." [Jun 2013, p.74]
  7. Apr 24, 2013
    70
    The songs often sway back and forth; they are too structured and busy to be called ambient, but the music is often freeform, drifting in and out of its own meter.
  8. Apr 22, 2013
    40
    Hyde's stream-of-consciousness lyrics are more rambling than visionary.
  9. If you replace the techno with ambient tones and piano noodles, he can sound a little reedy and exposed.
  10. Apr 19, 2013
    80
    The electronic undercurrent that's hummed throughout Hyde's musical life to date is there on Edgeland, but only in the gentlest of forms. [May 2013, p.85]
  11. Apr 19, 2013
    80
    Far from a mid-life indulgence or quirky side project, this is a brave and beautiful album. [May 2013, p.102]
  12. Apr 19, 2013
    80
    Overall, this is much more than a chill-out album; there’s a level of depth here which showcases Hyde’s musical maturity and sensibility.
  13. 60
    It's an album as hard to pin down as fog, but redeemed by moments of transcendent beauty.
  14. Apr 19, 2013
    60
    Elusive and ethereal, it hints at the late night soulscapes of the Blue Nile but remains boldly, if at times frustratingly, out of focus.
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  1. Aug 24, 2013
    9
    Surprisingly beautiful, this album is pastoral folk that reminds me most of a male version of Judee Sill, especially on the vocals. I thinkSurprisingly beautiful, this album is pastoral folk that reminds me most of a male version of Judee Sill, especially on the vocals. I think this is the kind of album that will age well. Full Review »