II

  • Record Label: Eskimo
  • Release Date: May 26, 2009
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It's mellow and smooth and relaxing, sure, but it's also unpredictable and full of little revelations and turns of sound that make it one of space disco's crowning recent achievements.
  2. What makes II so vital on a grander scale is that they have reached a masterful equilibrium with the elements that have made them the preeminent producers they are today.
  3. A perfectly summery blend of Krautrock, prog rock and more danceable grooves.
  4. At the very least, II manages consistency where so many collaborations sound like two minds in separate corners.
  5. 70
    II feels like the dance-music equivalent of a compost heap: warm, organic, funky, but a tad squishy.
  6. Some songs have bits that add up greater than the sum of the whole. Others get exhausted too easily and never quite ignite. When the magic does happen though, it’s so acute and ecstatic you don’t want to be anywhere else but inside the music.
  7. 70
    This could be a great album with some gentle editing and condensing. Many of these songs cannot support the weight of 8 or 10 or 12 minutes, although the extended length seems to be nearly the whole point of this album.
  8. There's no doubting the horizontal loveliness of For Ett Slikk Og Ingenting, and Rett Paa turns in a suitably hypnotic groove, but occasionally you listen attended by the feeling that were this the work of an American jam band called Amphibian Phungus rather than a couple of hip Norwegian dance producers, a lot of its fans wouldn't touch it with a bargepole.
  9. Uncut
    40
    II might as well be a sketch for something more impressive. [Aug 2009, p.94]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. erich
    May 29, 2009
    10
    Both artists are incredibly talented and it shows on this CD. Anything they touch turns to gold with this being no exception. They deserve to Both artists are incredibly talented and it shows on this CD. Anything they touch turns to gold with this being no exception. They deserve to be spun if you want some dance fun! Full Review »