Fluorescence - Asobi Seksu
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. This album is a great start for anyone who leans on the more accessible sides of ambient/indie music.
  2. Mar 21, 2011
    80
    While the band introduces new elements with this release, its shoegaze dream-pop still underlies each track, with many familiar experimental tangents scattered throughout.
  3. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    Joyful and experimental in equal measure, Fluorescence is an album that challenges you without you even realising.
  4. 80
    Fluorescence represents equilibrium between the noise and energy of the first two albums and the dreamier soundscapes of Hush, while simultaneously refining the sound to the point where it is something distinctly Asobi Seksu's. More than merely going strong after four studio albums and two live releases, Asobi Seksu is better than ever.
  5. Feb 22, 2011
    70
    Fluorescence, their fourth studio album, has an overwhelming brightness.
  6. Feb 22, 2011
    70
    It's a nicely balanced record: It's not as if the 'old' Asobi Seksu has disappeared and been replaced with a slightly more cheerful android version of the band--but there's a definite shift here.
  7. Feb 22, 2011
    63
    Housing only a couple of keepers, Fluorescence might initially feel like another letdown after the end-to-end excellence of Citrus, but that overlooks the challenges Asobi Seksu are up against.
  8. Dec 19, 2011
    60
    Fans of the early dream pop stuff may have difficulties accepting a cleaner, more synthesized pop approach.
  9. Apr 7, 2011
    60
    The most powerful moments here reimagine their sound at its best without ever retreading. The rest of it, however, glitters far too much for its own good.
  10. Mar 22, 2011
    60
    Fluorescence boasts some highly refined and not-so-mellow results. [Feb 2011, p.62]
  11. Feb 25, 2011
    60
    They've wrangled a tougher, just weird-enough synthesis, with "Trails" borrowing Yeah Yeah Yeahs' brio and "Perfectly Crystal" likely to impress fans of both Pet Shop Boys and Flaming Lips. [Mar 2011, p.83]
  12. Feb 22, 2011
    50
    While Fluorescence may be an enjoyable record, it's certainly not a remarkable one. Hannah and Chikudate are adept at digesting diverse influences and turning them into an album that's pleasing to the ear, but few would consider it essential.
  13. Feb 22, 2011
    50
    The musical bliss is short-lived, and the rest of Fluorescence is pretty much the musical equivalent of throwing darts at a wall full of sticky notes while blindfolded and drunk: Some happy accidents, but mostly a forgettable, sloppy mess.
  14. Mar 9, 2011
    40
    As super cutesy as a Hello Kitty hair-grip. Best avoided, in other words. [Mar 2011, p.101]

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