I Com - Miss Kittin

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 'I Com' delivers on all the promise that preceded it and makes quantum leaps of brilliance every time it's played.
  2. She has winnowed her dueling personas -- brilliant techno-inflected DJ and haughtily self-aware vocalist -- into a fantastically complete, wildly inventive package that offers the lunatic best of both badass sides.
  3. She writes beats and creates streetwise slithery DogPop with b-lines and brawn and occasionally shows us that wide-open vulnerability is as vital and visceral as virulent heartsteppin’ sin-sharing.
  4. An assured solo debut. [28 May 2004, p.124]
  5. 80
    Cruel, sexy and offhand by turns. [Jun 2004, p.114]
  6. 80
    It's a veritable buffet of beats as she claws into everything from ghetto-house to industrial bombast with confidence and attitude to spare. [May 2004, p.83]
  7. It's a long time since anyone left their club past behind with this much panache. [Jun 2004, p.103]
  8. Laced with a shot of self-doubt that has it coming on almost like an electroclash Exile On Main Street. [#244, p.69]
  9. I Com thus presents a new model for electroclash artists: it still exhibits some hallmarks of impersonal club music, but it also offers a (presumably genuine) glimpse inside the private diary of Miss Kittin.
  10. Unfortunately, some of Kittin's lyrical deficits undercut her production.
  11. It all sounds glamorous as hell. [8-22 Jul 2004, p.122]
  12. I Com proves that this talented singer/producer is as adept at making her own music as she is playing around with others'.
  13. 68
    Apart from the live instrumentation, what stands out the most is Kittin's treatment of the synth as something more than aural shellac. [#10, p.92]
  14. 60
    The music tends to drift along unobtrusively.
  15. 58
    She tries to be jokey, warm, even friendly on occasion--but she also sounds awkward. [Jul 2004, p.105]
  16. The embarrassingly specific lyrics about her personal life… give the album the feel of a nocturnal diary with the immediacy of a Web log.[16 May 2004]
  17. For the most part, I Com sounds like the worst musical mangles of electroclash: the ax-chipped rhythms, the dated blips and bleeps, the distinct sheen of thoughtlessness, and the wry style shot like a flare over the head of substance.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. zorro.Zig
    Sep 10, 2004
    The songs on the album get better and better the more you listen to them. Sure, it cannot re-create the atmosphere of a 2hr+ Miss Kittin live set, but it's a great album in it's own right. Full Review »
  2. PatT
    Aug 18, 2004
    I really liked her work with the Hacker and Felix the Housecat, and I loved her RadioCaroline CD. This, however, is a major disappointment. It?s disjointed, boring, and never adds up to much. It?s too self-conscious, and she seems to spend a lot of the album lamenting her celebrity, but really, I just don?t care. There are two or three good tracks, especially those produced by the Hacker, but the rest is mediocre. Electroclash is over, the glitz and glamour are old hat, and it?s hard to make a career out of speaking accented English. Full Review »
  3. PeterB
    Jun 10, 2004
    The production is great, and it's great driving music, but she needs to stop using her personal life as a source for lyrics.