Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    Glass Swords shows just the right amount of restraint to prevent total disarray.
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    80
    This is a dense, rewarding--and yes, fun--record.
  4. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    This album is loud, obnoxious, personal, and a hell of a lot of fun.
  5. 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]
  6. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    An exhilarating brand of digital soul. [Nov 2001, p.103]
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  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
    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.
  11. 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.
  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
    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]
  14. Oct 19, 2011
    90
    Glass Swords feels and sounds like a cohesive statement, and a strong one at that.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 13, 2013
    7
    [7.1] It may be a fresh listen for dubstep fans, but Rustie doesn't quite put forth enough effort to make a truly impressive album. It is what it is, and nothing more: loud dance music. Full Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. Dec 6, 2011
    10
    Glass Swords is like a 12 puppies wrapped up in a cybernetic ball of cookie dough. It's the epitome of fresh. Horrible review, I know, but it needed to be said. Full Review »