Goodbye - Ulrich Schnauss

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. This, his third album and major-label debut, stretches this sea of sound even further, ebbing and flowing from ethereal opener "Never Be The Same," to the folky strum of "For Good."
  2. An album that doesn't immediately astound, but gradually unfurls in dense atmospheric strands.
  3. Goodbye is striking and rewarding in its own way; it just might take a little more time to sink into the murky new agey abyss.
  4. 80
    Gracefully melancholic electronica with too much soul to be relegated to sushi-restaurant background music. [Aug 2007, p.106]
  5. Ulrich Schnauss returns with more lush, ambient music fitting for any chill-out session or long summer drive with the windows down.
  6. With Goodbye, he's finally got the levels just right. By moving even closer to the shoegazer sound, the result sounds less like pilfering and more like reinvention.
  7. Goodbye's shoegaze fascination, organic glow, and subtle shifts belie its apparent initial simplicity.
  8. 74
    Goodbye follows in the same muted patterns as 2003's "A Strangely Isolated Place," but layers on the vocals (in thin, gauzy, washes of course) over his treble-heavy, misty backdrops of beats and synths.
  9. 70
    He took three years to produce this follow-up, and the labor shows, for good and ill. [August 2007, p.117]
  10. In fact, "delayed," "drenched," and "dervish" pretty much sum up Goodbye. Schnauss piles on effects and layers in a psychedelic melee that would leave Ozric Tentacles and Pink Floyd standing transfixed by his stroboscopic strategies.
  11. Goodbye contains both the best and the worst of Schnauss’ output until now.
  12. Schnauss sounds like a cross between Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine circa Soon, the Cocteau Twins and Enya, chugging along on barely audible Balearic beats.
  13. It’s an evanescent experience, for whilst you’re awestruck by the sonics beneath the electronic sheen, you can’t remember anything much about them after they’ve evaporated at the end.
  14. Goodbye's overall prettiness is both its weakness and its strength; the album is pleasant but blends into the background a bit too easily.
  15. Goodbye has a tendency to blur together in many places during the course of ten tracks and just under an hour in running length. If you like his past work, you might want to check this one out, but others will probably want to take a pass.
  16. The bad news is that the overwhelming vibe is still that of easy listening digital mush.
  17. The lack of a cohesive album sound and memorable melodies are real problems. [Summer 2007, p.88]
  18. On the whole Goodbye isn't really much more than a background music soundtrack, something that would probably sound much better in an elevator than on an iPod. That said, it’s good for running a mile to.
  19. It was possible to ignore Schnauss' new age leanings previously but they're rammed home mercilessly here making too much of this album sound like Enya-period Sigur Ros.
  20. 40
    With a few exceptions, the rest of Goodbye remains little more than background music destined for life in service to candle boutiques and Saturn commercials. [Summer 2007, p.106]
  21. In an apparent attempt to open up his appeal to broader audiences, Schnauss leaves his compositions seeming oddly detoothed.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 19, 2010
    Inspirational music. Never gets old. Teleports me to another world. Well blended and unforgettable. One of my top albums of all time. I have laughed at some of the negative reviews out there... Joshua Klein's, in particular. I guess good dreamy music isn't for everybody. Full Review »
  2. Chelc
    Sep 27, 2007
    Exceedingly deep and equally fragile, Schnauss has definitely continued in the right direction with this album. Truly thought provoking and touching, so rarely does electronica succeed so perfectly at emoting pure sweet emotion. Played live the music is surprisingly better, a rare occurence in this genre. Schnauss is too often underrated and misunderstood, but in the following years, his solid and devout following will surely continue to grow. Full Review »
  3. JVT
    Aug 31, 2007
    This album is just made to put on in the car.It makes even the most mondain shopping trip into an epic voyage. Not the best album from Ulrich so far mind you but it's up there with 'a strangely isolated place'. Just put it on and drive towards a hazy sunset and you'll realise what this album is all about. Bliss. Full Review »