Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jun 10, 2013
    90
    Half of Where You Live is a considerably more rewarding album, one that creates lush, sophisticated, and disarmingly inviting music using the simple building blocks of sample-based beats and deeply personal musical storytelling.
  2. 85
    On Gold Panda‘s sophomore full length, moments of predictability are rare.
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    Half Of Where You Live sidesteps the dreaded sophomore slump by staying true to the impulse that guided Gold Panda’s initial recordings: honesty.
  4. Jun 11, 2013
    80
    It's a remarkable exploration of self--an undoubtedly personal album, packed with a sense of history, circumstance, opportunity, love, and fleeting memories.
  5. If his follow-up doesn't evince quite the same exuberance, it still twinkles with a well-travelled exoticism.
  6. Jun 10, 2013
    80
    Set them around rhythmically experimental dance tracks (‘An English House’, ‘Community’) and you have intelligent evolution.
  7. Jun 6, 2013
    80
    Richly detailed and supremely defined, Half Of Where You Live is a wonderfully vivid follow up from a producer at the top of his game.
  8. Jun 14, 2013
    76
    Ultimately the success of Half of Where You Live lies not in Gold Panda repeating old tricks, but in how he's expanded his repertoire to include new sounds, and his aesthetic proves sturdy enough to accomdate them.
  9. Jul 18, 2013
    70
    Gold Panda shows himself to be a more mature, more skilled architect of sound, creating vast textures that expertly render the materiality of his samples.
  10. Jul 10, 2013
    70
    The rhythm tracks are built up from finger bells and clicking wooden percussion, while each track is overlaid with wisps of koto or zither, which shimmer appealingly over the top, adding a touch of global gravitas. [Aug 2013, p.71]
  11. 70
    Half of Where You Live is a strong follow-up from a producer who’s underrated due to his patience and steadfast refusal to be ostentatious.
  12. Jun 10, 2013
    70
    While Half of Where You Live is a slightly more streamlined electronic album than his debut, it still manages to be a transporting work that is easy to enjoy as a hip, calming background mood piece, and stands as a nice, fitting addition to the Ghostly International catalog.
  13. Jun 7, 2013
    70
    It lacks the punch of Lucky Shiner, but is no less charming.
  14. Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Half of contains all the crackling, happy-sad flavour of Gold Panda’s past discography, but with harsher textures than before--it’s disorientating and inquisitive, physically uprooting you from your comfort zone.
  15. Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Gold Panda has come up with another fine album with some standout moments, but overall Half Of Where You Live doesn’t quite have the coherence or impact of its predecessor.
  16. Jun 19, 2013
    66
    While Half Of Where You Live is structured remarkably well, its definitive moments lack that particular magnetism that’s always been at the heart of Gold Panda’s music.
  17. Jun 13, 2013
    65
    It's unfortunate for Half Of Where You Live to be released so close to something so perfect [Trust EP], but the change in direction leaves a probably ill-deserved lingering sense of sadness. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.99]
  18. Jun 17, 2013
    60
    This pared back approach, which lends parts of the record a "dancier" vibe, may not suit all fans of his singular debut. [Jul 2013, p.85]
  19. Jun 17, 2013
    60
    It may be a little too low-key for its own good--Four Tet explores similar territory with more urgency--but it's full of dog-eared charm. [Jul 2013, p.104]
  20. Jun 11, 2013
    60
    The album was inspired by world travel, but it has a pleasantly isolated feel: a portable home, conjured between headphones.
  21. Jun 6, 2013
    60
    Sadly, despite the instrumental samples that appear to have been plucked from all continents (maybe excluding Antarctica), much of the rest of the album is difficult to engage with.
  22. Jun 10, 2013
    50
    The surreal strings on "We Work Nights," the doubled percussion on "An English House" and the sultry, repetitive warble on closer "Reprise" give the release a much needed kick, but Half of Where You Live still lacks the strength it needs.

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