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  • Summary: This is the third album for Montreal's Olivier Alary, who previously worked with Bjork and Cat Power.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
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  1. Aug 15, 2011
    90
    Excerpts is a work of forgetful minimalism; it is powerfully repetitious--perhaps, in waves, completely random.
  2. Feb 17, 2011
    80
    Each turn the album takes is a good one: the swaying Excerpts reinforces the scope of the music, the vinyl-affected Imprints throws some atmosphere into the approach, and, really, the whole of the album makes for an unrivaled listening experience.
  3. Feb 17, 2011
    80
    overall Excerpts is an evocative, sophisticated and charming record, awash with imaginative atmospheres, that looks back to the past for inspiration without ever wallowing in sentiment.
  4. Desperately, painfully arty but worthy of your recollection.
  5. May 23, 2011
    63
    While it brandishes a certain kind of insular brilliance, it's music more ripe for conversation or think pieces than headphones or the living room hi-fi.
  6. Feb 23, 2011
    60
    Sharing lead vocals with the immaculately Hardy-esque Darcy Conroy, Alary concocts wistful chansons and widescreen waltzes with an elegance and deadpan humour that evokes Sebastien Tellier, Stereolab and Matthew Herbert. [Feb 2011, p.84]
  7. Mar 2, 2011
    50
    It's not that Ensemble has made an actively bad album. It's just that somber music which comes from abstract origins shouldn't be so vacuous and blank.

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