Elements of Light - Pantha du Prince
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jan 15, 2013
    60
    Depending on the vantage point, it's either a logical progression or a creative dead end.
  2. Jan 17, 2013
    70
    This five-part suite expertly blurs boundaries between Weber's sequenced beats and the florid, cascading melodies of the carillon (played expertly by Vegar Sandholt).
  3. Elements of Light ultimately feels like a stop off between Black Noise and whatever Pantha Du Prince has waiting on the horizon.
  4. Jan 15, 2013
    80
    While each movement works on its own, Elements is best experienced in one long pass.
  5. Jan 9, 2013
    80
    This isn't a record to dip into, but an absorbing, cerebral and often funky trip.
  6. 50
    The pairing, and subsequent output, of Weber and the Bell Laboratory is expected and mundane.
  7. 70
    Aptly an entire side-project, rather than a one-off on the electronic producer’s next album, the idea is fully fleshed into a discovery of solid notes.
  8. Jan 11, 2013
    80
    Pantha du Prince has gone one further and created a piece of music that soothes and entices even the most impatient of modern ears.
  9. Jan 15, 2013
    70
    Weber's creative theoretical and instrumental approach is unique, but the abrasive and connotative tonal qualities of the carillon often overshadow the colourful subtleties of the finer details of his delicate arrangements.
  10. Jan 9, 2013
    80
    An album based on the carillon, a peal of bells played using a keyboard similar to a church organ, fused with gentle synth phrases, motorik rhythms.
  11. Jan 18, 2013
    80
    Fusing techno with campanology is a bold aim on paper; in practice it's a revelation. [Feb 2013, p.91]
  12. Feb 1, 2013
    90
    The extroverted, joyful melodies of Photon or the sustained brilliance of Spectral Split seem like brilliant recontextualisations of Weber’s artistic virtues.
  13. 80
    'Spectral Split' is the pick, 17 minutes of tropical marimba, but the seamless whole is a joy, locking you in as you float downstream.
  14. Jan 31, 2013
    70
    As a whole, Elements Of Light might feature a fair amount of padding, and it might not be quite as original sounding as the idea would suggest (other than the aforementioned Bjork comparison, there are more than a few moments that recall Aphex Twin at his more contemplative), but even so it does offer more than enough to satisfy as a listening experience, rather than just a curiosity.
  15. Jan 10, 2013
    80
    The melodies' stoicism seems to reflect much of the empty, brutal beauty of modern life.
  16. Jan 9, 2013
    70
    Here, there's a sense of picking at a strand of inspiration and seeing how it flows toward a form of endgame, albeit one that still prickles with possibility.
  17. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    The fluid blend of tracks makes it more of a single piece than a series of highlights and also-rans. [Feb 2013, p.108]
  18. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    With a warmth uncommonly found in Weber’s work, Elements Of Light emerges as a real triumph.
  19. Jan 29, 2013
    60
    It's unclear if Elements of Light represents an evolutionary mark for the producer or a one-off exercise inspired by a summer's day in Oslo, but as an effort at minimalism, it's a modest success at best.
  20. Jan 17, 2013
    70
    The musical ideas here will be readily familiar to anyone who has heard Pantha du Prince's work before.
  21. Jan 15, 2013
    50
    Elements Of Light is missing momentum and velocity--two things needed to sustain an all-instrumental symphony. Unfortunately, this means the album ends up as pleasant background noise-and not much more.
  22. Jan 14, 2013
    70
    Elements of Light begins and ends contemplatively, letting metallic tones shimmer and sustain.
  23. Jan 14, 2013
    60
    The instrument [carillon] affords Weber a chance to expand his hibernal sound in various interesting ways, but ultimately this feels more like a scholarly exercise than a fully realised album.
  24. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    The results are at times brazenly brilliant. [Mar 2013, p.65]
  25. Jan 9, 2013
    80
    Weber masks the scale of the enterprise with typical grace. [Feb 2013, p.77]

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