Geogaddi

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Feb 19, 2002
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Geogaddi is successful as few other albums are. Whereas many artists and groups tend to released records composed of series of unrelated songs, songs based on single concepts, or songs written and recorded during single studio sessions, Boards of Canada's latest has done something exponentially spectacular and commendable.
  2. While some will complain about Boards of Canada's failure to cover new territory, the rest of us will delight in what we see as a very accomplished album packed with great music.
  3. Uncut
    100
    More of the same, only more so. [Apr 2002, p.94]
  4. Q Magazine
    80
    Satisfying in every way that Aphex Twin's Drukqs wasn't. [Apr 2002, p.110]
  5. It's easily the electronic album of the year, but for all that, it doesn't break particularly new ground. The point more is that what ground is broken is done so with exquisite artistry.
  6. The results can be overwhelmingly moving, but also overbearing after 66 minutes of breathless wonder.
  7. Spin
    80
    It's a thoroughly satisfying album, but surprises are in short supply. [May 2002, p.120]
  8. Alternative Press
    70
    Where Music flowed with a pastoral warmth, Geogaddi feels colder and more mortal, bound to the tension between its upper and lower registers. [May 2002, p.78]
  9. Magnet
    90
    A rare second album that matches a brilliant debut. [#54, p.76]
  10. "Geogaddi" finds the Scottish duo ever adept at pushing the boundaries of electronic music without abandoning the hypnotically pacific nature of their sound.
  11. Represents a considerable stride in ambition, reaching into dark unchartered territories and repaying close listening with the kind of organic insights that great music excels in unearthing.
  12. Urb
    80
    Perhaps it's one of those unlikely Warp releases that manages to pair technical precision with an all-too-rare feeling of humanity. [Apr 2002, p.119]
  13. Too much of 'Geogaddi' just rests on the Boards' well established tricks.
  14. Geogaddi isn't a classic.... Disappointing, however, it is not.
  15. People wishing the group would change up their style a little more might find themselves a bit disappointed, but everyone else should be happy to know that they've again put forth a very solid effort, and one of the best electronic releases yet this year.
  16. Geogaddi is even more stripped-down and beautiful than Music Has..., BOC using simple circular rhythms and eerie samples to create an airless, ethereal ultraworld.
  17. Whereas Music Has the Right to Children's pastoral atmospherics were airy and open, Geogaddi is faintly claustrophobic and tense.
  18. Mixer
    90
    For the most part, Geogaddi only hints at new directions. But then, if it ain't broke, why fix it? [Apr 2002, p.78]
  19. "Geogaddi" improves on "Music Has the Right to Children" by taking the Boards of Canada sound into darker, more disturbing and fragmented directions.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 9, 2006
    10
    A great follow-up to 1998's "Music Has The Right To Children", this one has some truly outstanding songs. "Over The Horizon Radar" might A great follow-up to 1998's "Music Has The Right To Children", this one has some truly outstanding songs. "Over The Horizon Radar" might just be the best Boards of Canada song ever written. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2017
    9
    Structurally, Geogaddi isn't a far cry from Music Has the Right to Children. Thematically, the albums are polar opposites. The familiar, warmStructurally, Geogaddi isn't a far cry from Music Has the Right to Children. Thematically, the albums are polar opposites. The familiar, warm synth riffs introduced by MHTRTC have been replaced by cold, droning soundscapes and the recurring references to mathematics and the occult solidify it as one of the duo's creepier releases. Full Review »
  3. Jan 2, 2017
    10
    Boards of Canada return with their reel to reel noise with full force and smack us with subliminal messaging just a bit harder too as thisBoards of Canada return with their reel to reel noise with full force and smack us with subliminal messaging just a bit harder too as this eerie, unsettling masterpiece unfolds over the 66 minutes of pure lo-fi wonder Full Review »