Goodbye

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jul 10, 2007
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Ulrich Schnauss returns with more lush, ambient music fitting for any chill-out session or long summer drive with the windows down.
  2. An album that doesn't immediately astound, but gradually unfurls in dense atmospheric strands.
  3. 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."
  4. 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.
  5. Spin
    80
    Gracefully melancholic electronica with too much soul to be relegated to sushi-restaurant background music. [Aug 2007, p.106]
  6. 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.
  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. 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.
  10. Blender
    70
    He took three years to produce this follow-up, and the labor shows, for good and ill. [August 2007, p.117]
  11. Goodbye contains both the best and the worst of Schnauss’ output until now.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 13 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
    9
    Inspirational music. Never gets old. Teleports me to another world. Well blended and unforgettable. One of my top albums of all time. I haveInspirational 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
    10
    Exceedingly deep and equally fragile, Schnauss has definitely continued in the right direction with this album. Truly thought provoking and 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
    8
    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 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 »