Fin

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. Feb 28, 2012
    60
    The album as a whole abounds with effective, intriguing atmospherics. It's just that, for all its potential, Fin is merely fine.
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    85
    Bursting with color, nostalgic but never retro, easy-going yet slightly unhinged.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 8, 2012
    60
    His blend of house and Eurodisco soon settles into a bland formula of bittersweet Balearic fare. [Mar 2011, p.98]
  4. Q Magazine
    Feb 22, 2012
    60
    He likes to temper the euphoria with a much darker undertow. [Mar 2012, p.112]
  5. Mojo
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    His slow-burning music ... has serious cross-over potential. [Apr 2012, p.91]
  6. Apr 18, 2012
    90
    Fin as an album appears to be the requisite cross-over hit of the year, following in the footsteps of Caribou's Swim and Pantha Du Prince's Black Noise.
  7. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2012
    80
    Talabot's a loop-master who has an extraordinary understanding of texture, soundscape, and manipulation. [Mar 2012, p.88]
  8. Feb 7, 2012
    100
    Talabot has a knack for capturing the very specific kind of bliss associated with dancing on Mediterranean beaches at the height of summer.
  9. Feb 7, 2012
    90
    A remarkably assured and instinctive piece of work, one that speaks of good times on the dancefloor while not being afraid to throw in more poignant and affecting emotions, all wrapped up in clothing that falls nicely on an ambient blend of disco and house.
  10. 80
    John Talabot has created an intersection of sound that leaves enough for the listener to discover and decode on their own.
  11. Mar 26, 2012
    85
    Fin creates a passionate kind of poetry not only in its music but also in its listeners.
  12. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    Modestly anthemic and quietly anthemic, ƒIN is worth the time of any music fan that considers themselves in the slightest bit interested in electronic music.
  13. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    It's a really, really good record.
  14. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    It is often difficult for dance producers to go from making one off tracks and remixes to producing a full coherent and lucid album, but it is a jump that John Talabot has made effortlessly.
  15. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    Beautifully composed and beautifully produced.
  16. It has the potential to sidle next to records like Movements and We Are Monster as a genre classic, but it's just as assured to find a broader audience as well.
  17. Feb 10, 2012
    90
    Without a doubt an early contender for electronic album of the year.
  18. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    Despite its patchier moments, fIN's effective command of light and shade make for an involving listen, and it's a sound that's pretty much Talabot's own.
  19. Feb 27, 2012
    60
    There's no distinct personality to be heard, or the kind of dynamic ideas that could give it the ability to totally dominate a room.
  20. Feb 9, 2012
    90
    It's a little bit of everything, which is perhaps why ƒIN is such a rich, fulfilling listen.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    10
    I've never been a huge fan of house, but John Talabot has made an album that completely breaks down the barriers that I felt restricted houseI've never been a huge fan of house, but John Talabot has made an album that completely breaks down the barriers that I felt restricted house to begin with. This is much more than just a dance record. Fin has a dark undertone to the album, and every song has plenty of shifts and surprises. The songs blend together beautifully, and every track is unique in it's own way without sacrificing the cohesiveness of the album. I am a fan of electronic music, and there are certainly plenty of electronic elements to this album. It's dance music with an emotional punch, which is very hard to find. This album could be played at a club OR late night/after work when you just want to relax and chill out at home. Fin (and John Talabot for that matter) came out of nowhere, but I am instantly a fan. Frontrunner for album of the year so far, and the bar is set pretty high. Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2013
    10
    Unlike anything I have listened too, Talabot combines tribal nuances into a mysterious and dark electronic sound scape. Talabots sound isUnlike anything I have listened too, Talabot combines tribal nuances into a mysterious and dark electronic sound scape. Talabots sound is unique, and l the control which he exerts over his progressive rhythms and synthesizers is masterful. My favorite album of the year so far. Full Review »
  3. Jul 2, 2012
    10
    This album is great, it's the kind of record that makes you wish there were more of it's kind. It's immersive, seductive and chill, but youThis album is great, it's the kind of record that makes you wish there were more of it's kind. It's immersive, seductive and chill, but you can also dance to it. Full Review »