Hidden - These New Puritans
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Dec 10, 2010
    100
    Hidden is not just the most original record to emerge from Britain this year, but the most unfathomable: an immaculate enigma.
  2. It's genuinely surprising, beautifully wrought and announces TNP as one of the most powerful artistic forces in Britain today.
  3. Despite the handful of standout tracks, what makes Hidden unique is the way it flows as a cohesive whole.
  4. Showing clear progression and monumental ambition, TNP have crafted a stark and dense knockout performance.
  5. Hidden is a strikingly inventive and original rock record. Granted, nothing is ever completely new in pop music, but the album freshly synthesizes older ideas (post-rock textures, no-wave skronk, Steve Reich-influenced phasing) and current trends (dubstep's delay, chart pop's stentorian synth lines, global beats).
  6. Seldom have classical delicacy, rock attitude and pop vitality coexisted with such improbable ease.
  7. You know, deep down, that the These New Puritans set is the one that you'll be listening to in a decade, enjoying the fact that you can never quite decipher its codes, and probably being amazed at how many more commercially successful records it inspired.
  8. Pretentious? Undoubtedly. Overblown? Yes, of course it is, but we expected nothing less.
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    This is an amazing album, a masterpiece of contemporary music. Hidden has a unique style, a beautiful grandeur mixed with melancholic and amazing melodies. Needless to say that it's their best record. Full Review »
  2. Apr 10, 2013
    10
    A visionary piece of work. If you don't like it, that means you are a pleb. Awesome percussion throughout, and the way they incorporated brass and woodwind is great. The fact that it wasn't even nominated for the mercury music prize shows you how stupid and irrelevant the mercury music prize is. Full Review »
  3. VincentS.
    Mar 3, 2010
    10
    Genius. The most original, powerful album I have heard in years. A classic to rank alongside Metal Box.