Galaxy Garden

  • Record Label: R&S
  • Release Date: May 1, 2012
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 9, 2012
    82
    [Galaxy Garden is] a wonder, his most complete statement yet, both a refinement and an expansion of the genre-of-one he's been perfecting over the last few years.
  2. Uncut
    May 11, 2012
    70
    He drifts boringly into pure pastiche on "Crystal Caverns 1991," but what keeps the rest fresh is the pace. [Jun 2012, p.77]
  3. Q Magazine
    Jun 20, 2012
    60
    Cutler's surgically meticulous programming skills and ear for mesmeric melodies.... elevate this follow up to 2010's Emerald Fantasy Tracks above simple ['90's techno] homage. [Jun 2012, p.106]
  4. May 8, 2012
    80
    Galaxy Garden is a compelling exploration of Matt Culter's experiences of dance culture over two decades and its nods to the past, coupled with Lone's infinitely fresh and modern twist, make this one of the premier dance records of 2012 so far.
  5. May 10, 2012
    80
    Lone has delivered a Nineties attack that even Neil Buchanan would be proud of.
  6. May 29, 2012
    70
    For listeners that like their electronic music with a pulse (both literally and figuratively), this release will be a rewarding experience.
  7. Sep 11, 2012
    50
    Without him [Machinedrum], it's a well assembled but dull record. With him, it's sublime.
  8. May 11, 2012
    90
    One of 'dance'-in-2012's very best albums.
  9. May 8, 2012
    90
    The maker and breaker of neon daisy chains, 'Galaxy Garden' is a fantasia that's as lush as a chain of soap shops.
  10. May 9, 2012
    70
    A refreshing yet sweltering collection of acid rave and breakbeat conundrums, all held in check by Lone's perfectionist qualities, but despite the upheaval Lone's latest LP fires on all cylinders only when he chooses to hold onto that which has served him well in the past.
  11. Lone doesn't reinvent himself on Galaxy Garden like he did with Emerald Fantasy Tracks, but the jump from one record to the next is made even more revelatory by the English producer's refinement and assuredness.
  12. May 8, 2012
    80
    Lone hasn't fully reinvented the narrative thread he started with "Pineapple Crush," but he's enriched it with a deeper exploration of his music's other referents, finding new dimensions to a sound that was beginning to feel awfully one-dimensional.
  13. 70
    Galaxy Garden is ambitious, which is to be lauded, and Cutler also has a reassuringly realistic outlook when saying that he is still "chipping away at a big idea".
  14. May 8, 2012
    80
    Galaxy Garden is a fine effort, an album that tweaks Lone's formula just enough to pass as a step forward.
  15. May 21, 2012
    80
    It's the smart weaves in and out of expectation--the jolts, the swerves--that make it an instant classic.

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