Idealism - Digitalism
Idealism Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics What's this?

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: 'Idealism' is the full-length debut for the German electronica duo of Jens Moelle and Ismail Tuefekci.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    The grandeur is only slightly greater than it was before, but they've discovered a certain pop sensibility that was previously absent. And not only have they discovered this attribute about themselves, but they have honed in on that particular trait and made it the focus of the entire album.
  2. 80
    Idealism is essentially a retread, but a superior retread with subtle character definition. [Jun 2007, p.97]
  3. Idealism packs in more memorable riffs and tunes than the recent Bloc Party and Futureheads albums put together.
  4. 'Idealism' is dusted with the kind of metallic house glitter caking LCD's 'Sound Of Silver', and, just as promisingly, the title track could have been carved from Daft Punk before they decided they were human after all.
  5. 70
    Idealism shows off plenty of blaring synth riffs. [Jun 2007, p.92]
  6. Jun 20, 2011
    Despite the echoes of their past on this second long-play set, Digitalism's perfectly timed return is more about fondness than contempt.
  7. Idealism has some fun with memorable new electro (“The Pulse,” “Home Zone,” “Idealistic”) and nu-rave cuts (“I Want I Want,” “Pogo”). But these guys can’t possibly think fans will believe this fifteen-track behemoth, mostly lacking in subtlety and invention, is the big party they half-seriously claim it to be, over and over and over again.

See all 9 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. MarkL.
    Dec 18, 2007
    Killer tracks... Fans of Daft Punk and LCD Sound Systems.. This CD is a must own.
  2. CadadderB.
    Jul 4, 2007
    This album is superb,right the whole way through.Fans of Daft Punk,or the band who released 2007's other masterpiece("Cross") Justice will absolutely adore it.Reminiscent of LCD's Sound Of Silver too.Great tunes,and its fab live too. Expand
  3. NosB.
    Dec 16, 2007
    Brilliant from beginning to end.
  4. Jang
    Jul 2, 2007
    Much to the shagrin of Stylus, Digitalism have released an album somewhere between the ed banger/kitsune style and early daft punk resulting in an action packed summer album of 2007. Soooo goood. Expand
  5. CliffP.
    Aug 15, 2007
    Music here comes in rushes. Well-tempoed. Tight and loose, loud and soft, so varied in the electronic vein that it deserves a full listen no matter how many times you hear it. While perhaps wrong to relate such a young group to the all-time greats, I can remember listening to Who's Next and getting a similar feeling. Problems here are production, which could be much more polished, and acoustics, which need more sophistication. Nonetheless, you must download this album and enjoy a pair bound to get much better as they mature. Watch out! Digitalism is coming. Expand
  6. RaeP.
    Jul 7, 2007
    Brilliant from top to bottom. What else could you ask for in an electro-rock album?
  7. marcg
    Jun 25, 2007
    another boring electro rock album

See all 11 User Reviews