Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    This album is loud, obnoxious, personal, and a hell of a lot of fun.
  2. Dec 5, 2011
    80
    The whole thing is designed for instant pleasure (or immediate repulsion), even when the titles evoke treacherous levels of a fantasy video game.
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    100
    It all makes Glass Swords a vivid, liberating experience (and, as a by-product, makes the canned wobble of dubstep seem oppressive).
  4. Oct 21, 2011
    80
    This is a dense, rewarding--and yes, fun--record.
  5. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    Glass Swords shows just the right amount of restraint to prevent total disarray.
  6. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    I found hooks I hadn't noticed while playing it worming through my head days later, and there's no better testimonial to Rustie's managed moreness than that.
  7. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    In a couple of decades, when you're looking for an instant hit of what electronic pop felt like in 2011, you'll be able to throw on Glass Swords and get a dose of that feeling in its purest form.
  8. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    It's far from a scattershot ADD affair, though; fundamentally, Rustie has a knack for an irresistible hook, and for knowing when to stick with it and when to move on.
  9. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    Glass Swords is a place where pleasure is the only constant: it doesn't matter that he's playing with self-consciously "cheesy" sounds or untouchable genres when the songs are this good.
  10. Oct 19, 2011
    90
    Glass Swords feels and sounds like a cohesive statement, and a strong one at that.
  11. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    An exhilarating brand of digital soul. [Nov 2001, p.103]
  12. Dec 6, 2011
    80
    Th art here is ensuring that too much is in fact just enough, and Rustie is a master of it. [Oct 2011, p.51]
  13. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Glass Swords is a testament to the importance of cutting right the chase, boiling house music down to climaxes the way Lightening Bolt compresses wild metal soloing into hard, gnarly blasts of attitude. [#81, p. 59]
  14. Nov 11, 2011
    60
    Glass Swords places him squarely out there on his own, programming the kind of computer-game fluoro-rave crunk that's easy to admire but hard to love. [Nov 2011, p.97]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 22, 2014
    9
    The production is top-notch, and each song has unique features. Rustie definitely has a great style that's working for him. Every song is just fun, upbeat, and uplifting. Just great. Favorite track: Ultra Thizz Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2014
    7
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  3. Mar 5, 2012
    10
    There is nothing out there that comes even close to this. I mean where else can you get Hip Hop, The Legend of Zelda, Prog-rock and Daft Punk all in the same place? Full Review »