Exercises [EP]

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mojo
    Sep 19, 2012
    80
    Exercises is elegant, welcoming, if somewhat melancholic. [Oct 2012, p.95]
  2. A Canadian producer who manages to strike a balance between the sturdy emotiveness of pop and the shimmering beguilement of ambience.
  3. Aug 2, 2012
    80
    This majestic medley of eight 'exercises' is a fine display of creativity, where morphing piano loops sound like the modern classical of Philip Glass honed into a structured formula.
  4. Jun 11, 2012
    80
    The result leaves the listener with less of a sense of control and more of an experience controlled by someone who knows exactly what they are doing.
  5. May 3, 2012
    80
    Exercises is chilly, spacious, and oddly out of time.
  6. Uncut
    Aug 2, 2012
    70
    Exercises proves Silver is in good shape. [Sep 2012, p.74]
  7. May 17, 2012
    70
    It isn't difficult to imagine that in a few years time, he'll already have a few masterpieces under his belt. Fortunately, while Exercises doesn't reach that level, it comes close enough to keep everyone not only interested, but invested.
  8. May 2, 2012
    70
    Shows that CFCF aspires to be known as a serious artist, not just an electronic one.
  9. May 1, 2012
    65
    Don't expect any club bangers or hot remixes. But the exciting part is that, in Silver, it's starting to look like we might have a true composer on our hands.
  10. May 1, 2012
    62
    Exercises, is a downcast and reflective paean for the '70s underground. The chamber-piano infused into these eight experiments is sometimes utterly heartrending-those pulsating synthesizers sound like they could pump blood and breathe oxygen.
  11. May 17, 2012
    60
    Although it lacks the beat-oriented, build-and-release formula of his best work, Exercises is elegant, textured, and cerebral enough to be an excellent after-hours soundtrack.
  12. May 2, 2012
    60
    Well-constructed, sophisticated, relaxing, and pleasant.
  13. It can become background music all too easily: while Silver's work will always have a degree of ambience to it, Exercises can completely disappear from your consciousness if you don't pay enough attention, especially during the last few tracks.

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