Faking The Books

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    Accessible enough for people who learn about new music from [NPR] and sonically interesting enough to appeal to hardcore electroheads. [May 2004, p.110]
  2. The sheer enveloping bliss elicited by hearing the album in one sitting (especially in public – 'Faking The Books' is a headphone masterpiece and no mistake) leaves one wishing it were a whole lot longer than its taut 40-minute duration.
  3. Urb
    90
    Their sound is an interesting polyglot, one as easily accessible to dance minimalists and brown corduroy-wearing emo boys, and with nary a compromise. [Apr 2004, p.86]
  4. Uncut
    90
    Another truly wondrous record. [May 2004, p.99]
  5. Faking the Books is one of the best albums to come out so far this year.
  6. 80
    If invention and imagination are the criteria to judge, this is a future classic.
  7. Faking the Books... is to Tridecoder and Scary World Theory as OK Computer was to The Bends – a quantum evolutionary leap that, taken consecutively, quite takes your breath away.
  8. Electronic elements balance out the harsh guitars with regularity, resulting in a handful of full-blown zingers.
  9. Q Magazine
    80
    Seductive, breathy and forlorn, [Trebeljahr] sounds like a more ethereal Sarah Cracknell. Oh, and the songs are top drawer, too. [May 2004, p.104]
  10. Faking the Books is a small forward step rather than a dramatic leap for Lali Puna -- which, all things considered, is still a step in the right direction.
  11. Faking the Books is a confident stride in the right direction, and proves that, even within the confines of a tired concept, a great hook still goes a long way.
  12. Tarnished as it is, Faking The Books is still a treasure. Ignore the ham-fisted political treatises and enjoy it for what it is: a streamlined marvel of IDM song architecture.
  13. They touch greatness at several points, if never truly digging their nails in and grabbing hold.
  14. Yes, Lali Puna are taking the Radiohead Route. Not just thematically, either: the tone and ambience of Faking the Books is as detached and cold as Amnesiac was, though more straightforward: there are more "straight" guitars and "actual" drums on this album.
  15. The Wire
    70
    A streamlined combination of motorik rhythms, electronic textures and tuneful choruses. [#242, p.72]
  16. Faking the Books loses some momentum beneath a glut of precious, minimal electro-ballads that dot the album.... But the album succeeds brilliantly on the louder numbers.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. BenjaminBunny
    Oct 9, 2004
    8
    Doesn't quite reach the artistic heights of The Notwist's similar "Neon Golden," nevertheless "Faking The Books" contains some Doesn't quite reach the artistic heights of The Notwist's similar "Neon Golden," nevertheless "Faking The Books" contains some extremely catchy and gorgeous songs that sound best when played over and over and over... Full Review »
  2. andreasr
    Jun 15, 2004
    9
    if u loved scary theories...this one will really surprise you!!
  3. Patrick
    Jun 8, 2004
    8
    A very enjoyable album. It gives that great tipe of prot-techno that has all but disappeared in modern electornica. A great throwback to the A very enjoyable album. It gives that great tipe of prot-techno that has all but disappeared in modern electornica. A great throwback to the days of Kraftwerk. And the tracks are really tight. The Chord progressions work, and the synth lines are rather progressive Full Review »