Edgeland - Karl Hyde
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  • Summary: The debut solo album for the Underworld co-founder is less electronic than his partnership with Rick Smith.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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]
  2. Apr 29, 2013
    80
    A joyous but intricate album, Edgeland is a perfectly paced outlet for Hyde’s cryptic urban snapshots.
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    This is sweetly strange and often emotional music--an album of disquieting tone poems and outlandish lullabies.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Apr 25, 2013
    60
    The tone of observational distance build to an understated climax with "Shadow Boy." [Jun 2013, p.74]
  7. Apr 22, 2013
    40
    Hyde's stream-of-consciousness lyrics are more rambling than visionary.

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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 think this is the kind of album that will age well. Collapse