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  • Summary: Kieran Hebden's fourth Four Tet album dispenses somewhat with the "folk" portion of his folktronica sound, resulting in a more beat-driven effort.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. This is an awesome, magnificent, incandescent, trailblazing record.
  2. 90
    Emphasizes melodic intention in a manner that transcends electronica or the outer reaches of experimental hip hop. [#68, p.92]
  3. Hebden has recalibrated his sound to something darker and more rhythmic, without losing a note of melody. [21 May 2005, p.66]
  4. Everything Ecstatic doesn’t come together as solidly as prior Four Tet releases, but it unquestionably contains the blueprint for far greater explorations to come.
  5. The left turn Hebden has taken into jumpy Krautrock with 2005's Everything Ecstatic will make listeners yearn for the clever, nuanced productions he turned in on Pause and Rounds.
  6. Everything Ecstatic provides an enjoyable listen, but it also sounds as much like a groping as a declaration.
  7. There's nothing on Everything Ecstatic the likes of Madlib haven't already done better. [Jul 2005, p.186]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. SanY
    Feb 18, 2006
    Four Tet is easily the world's most exciting electronic producer. "Everything Ecstatic" is an album that is incredibly technical and endlessly layered. "A Joy" is a prime example of this producer's talent for creating a masterpiece from slicing and dicing the most diverse genres. My favourite track of the album is the modest "Clouding," a warm firework display which inhabits the ill fitting mix of ethnic smash and comfortable flow which just encapsulates Four Tet's sound. Expand
  2. andrewh
    Aug 31, 2005
    Best Album Ever. Even better live.
  3. ElliottM
    Jul 18, 2005
    I wasn't sure how I felt about this album when I first heard it, but having just seen him live and playing new material, this album has suddenly come to life. I still like Rounds much more as a whole, though there are plenty of highlights on this album, particularly "Smile Around the Face," one of the very best songs he has ever done. Expand
  4. Adam
    Jun 2, 2005
    I've had this disc for a couple-o-days and have dug it since the second listen. I like Rounds, but have mostly used it for pre-sleep hypnogogic journeys. Everything Ecstatic, on the other hand, is apartment cleaning music of the highest order -- it's fun and keeps you moving while leading your thoughts into unexpected places. Expand
  5. MarcD
    Jun 5, 2005
    Toe tapping goes out the window as you find your entire body gyrating to this brilliant album. Great body shaking stuff.
  6. EvilTimmy
    Jun 4, 2005
    While Everything Ecstatic isn't as accessible or as impressive as Rounds, it really isn't meant to be. There's much to be gained from repeated listening, as there's a certain flow through the album that Rounds was lacking. Crank up your speakers and put this on repeat, and it'll hit you soon enough. However, if you want to introduce your friends to Four Tet, hand them Rounds before this. Expand
  7. CoryC
    Jul 4, 2005
    Horrible. I wouldn't even download this for free.

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