Emika - Emika
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 20, 2011
    70
    This is a record designed to be listened to in isolation, preferably through a massive pair of high-quality headphones rather than in the mass communal surroundings of a club.
  2. Mar 16, 2012
    60
    Cognitive distortion is all over Emika and can at times be sublime... [However] there are points on the album meant to pierce that don't hit hard enough and moments of unease which seem swamped down by the overproduction muck.
  3. Dec 8, 2011
    74
    This is the product of a dynamic and assured vision, one that retains an alluring sense of mystery.
  4. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Ice cool and white hot by turns, Emika is a singular and significant new voice at the interface between pop and dubstep. [Nov 2011, p.83]
  5. Dec 8, 2011
    80
    Techno meets dubstep in this dark twist on electronica. [Dec. 2011, p. 126]
  6. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    12 fascinating electro-symphoic constructions informed by dubstep and Delia Darbyshire's BBC Radiophonic Workshop experiments. [Nov 2011, p.103]
  7. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    With Emika, then, the hiding is over, her close-up appearing clearly on the cover of this varied and impressive 12 song record.
  8. Oct 24, 2011
    70
    Emika's made a very personal album here that succeeds by its own exacting standards.
  9. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    It's the sheer intensity of the whole package that seduces.
  10. Dec 8, 2011
    80
    Be it the furious pounding bass of the dubstep angle she toys with, or the amorphous dark ambient she seems to wallow in, whatever led you to Emika's debut LP will also leave you breathless.
  11. It's reassuring and delightful to have a debut this excellent to cement her place.
  12. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    [The album] is an intriguing work: dark, seductive and as hard to pin down as its creator.
  13. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    Listen on a good system and you'll be entrapped and immersed.
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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    Emika's unique sound is eerily evocative of both Prague in the early 20th century and Bristol in the 24th century. Her deliberatelyEmika's unique sound is eerily evocative of both Prague in the early 20th century and Bristol in the 24th century. Her deliberately dispassionate, sometimes replicant-like voice is often backed by a stark chorus of beats and her dark, distorted, minor key piano compositions that show off her Czech heritage and influences. An album that should make both Burial and Leoš Janáček proud. Full Review »