Grace/Confusion - Memory Tapes
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    While a good background album it may be, it's not exactly gripping. The songs are too multifaceted to feel cohesive, yet they never seem strikingly experimental.
  2. Ultimately, Grace/Confusion is a production best staged in the theatre of your mind.
  3. Dec 6, 2012
    70
    Grace/Confusion goes above and beyond the call of pop, and signals grander adventures to come.
  4. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    Grace/Confusion sees Hawk get back on track, by remembering what worked in the first place.
  5. Dec 4, 2012
    70
    The album, titled Grace/Confusion, offers the chillwave sound that Hawk is known for but with a fuller, crisper and more melodic take.
  6. 60
    [Davye Hawk] likened this album's conception to "a maze to get lost in," which is the exact way listeners should approach his latest creation, for all of its sprawling incertitude.
  7. Dec 3, 2012
    80
    sity. Dayve Hawke has created a record that's as graceful (sorry) as it is mighty.
  8. Dec 17, 2012
    70
    An experiment in style that is perhaps a little confusing at first; but more than makes up for it in its grace.
  9. Dec 4, 2012
    60
    Grace/Confusion could have been a great 20-minute EP. Instead, it's a listless 40 minutes that works best as background music.
  10. 60
    So safely, solidly familiar is Hawk's third album that it's enough to make you nostalgic for the sound as it splutters on its deathbed.
  11. Jan 18, 2013
    80
    Atmospheric, reverbed beats that suggest indie boys who dance. [Feb 2013, p.98]
  12. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    Grace/Confusion is an aptly confounding record, its six tracks very much dissimilar to each other yet held together with a sense of grand gesturing and tireless virtuosity.
  13. Dec 13, 2012
    60
    You don't always know what cosmic tunnel Memory Tapes will drag you through, but you can always expect a metamorphosis.
  14. Dec 6, 2012
    62
    While Grace/Confusion may lean too heavily on Hawk's production, it's a hair better than Player Piano. But it's hard to call it an "improvement" or "progression" considering it's hardly outside the scope of what Memory Tapes has done so far.
  15. Dec 4, 2012
    80
    They take the things about Italo disco and synth pop that I love and imbibe them with genuine humanity and masterful songwriting.
  16. Dec 11, 2012
    60
    With no track under six minutes in length, some editing wouldn't have gone amiss. [Jan 2013, p.107]
  17. Dec 3, 2012
    40
    It's simply warmed-over easy listening as rendered by a lo-fi producer who, ironically enough, seems outdated and outmatched in a genre known for being both retro-obsessed and DIY.
  18. Dec 6, 2012
    80
    The reinvigorated results feel warm-blooded, definite, vulnerable, exposed.
  19. Dec 4, 2012
    91
    By throwing out the genre rulebook, Hawk is pushing electronic music into weirder, more exciting territory, chillwave purists be damned.
  20. 75
    The disc's six tracks clock in at less than 40 minutes, so there isn't really time to screw things up on a royal scale, making Grace/Confusion a fine listen.
  21. Dec 10, 2012
    70
    The album clocks in under 40 minutes, and its experimental touches are modest.
  22. Dec 10, 2012
    60
    A strangely arid collection of tracks that register not so much as songs, but as experiments following arbitrary, sometimes aimless, courses.
  23. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    Mostly, he comes across as a one-man Arcade Fire. [Jan 2013, p.79]
  24. Dec 17, 2012
    50
    Player Piano was received coolly for its lack of ambition and it's depressing to hear a follow-up that stubbornly refuses to learn from Memory Tapes' mistakes.

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