Jiaolong - Daphni
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    At their best, Daphni and Jiaolong definitely have a vitality that some dance music--and even some of Snaith's other work--lacks, but its hyper-simple approach actually makes it more challenging to appreciate than something with a few more flourishes might have been.
  2. Oct 16, 2012
    75
    Snaith's fascination shines, taking him places that po-faced peers are blind to.
  3. Oct 18, 2012
    60
    It's a job well done.... But a few tracks sound too much like functional mix fodder. [Nov 2012, p.91]
  4. Oct 26, 2012
    70
    "Ye Ye's" Chicago house snares and claps crop up throughout the record, turning the pretty "Lights" into a sweaty jack-fest and giving deranged effects of "Springs" a rigid framework. [Dec 2012, p.69]
  5. Oct 18, 2012
    80
    Snaith's upward trajectory shows little evidence of slowing. [Nov 2012, p.87]
  6. Ultimately, Jialong is the sound of a producer having the time of his life--and boy oh boy is that infectious.
  7. Oct 11, 2012
    80
    While other possible sonic antecedents abound, the full album feels more roots than retro, old tools reclaimed to new ends.
  8. Oct 5, 2012
    70
    Jiaolong is a living, breathing animal, and all the better for it.
  9. 60
    In totally brushing aside the complexities of Caribou in order to make dance music, he loses sight of the more complex moments in the dance music he's making.
  10. Oct 5, 2012
    80
    Jiaolong feels more organic and warm than the kinds of bangers the genre's superstars are playing in massive arenas.
  11. Oct 23, 2012
    70
    Jiaolong may be a perfectly competent incarnation of Snaith's undeniable talents, but it doesn't quite induce the stupor it should.
  12. Oct 16, 2012
    50
    Jiaolong speaks in a more comprehensible language because it's not florid psych-pop, but as with Caribou, I do not see a way to become anything other than a spectator of this music.
  13. Oct 5, 2012
    80
    Jiaolong is an effortless collection that just won't quit.
  14. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    Barring a few notable tracks, this debut from Snaith under the Daphni name, fails to coalesce into anything resembling the creative designs of his previous records.
  15. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    Snaith has made himself at home on the dancefloor, but he's never come more off the grid.
  16. Oct 16, 2012
    88
    Jiaolong boasts nine timeless dance-floor bangers that resurrect a moment.
  17. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    The cohesion the album does offer is its seamless passage to club land, its capacity to get the listener up and moving, and its ability to surprise.
  18. Dec 5, 2012
    80
    The results are sketches, in the best sense: unplanned, absorbing accidents as new pathways, concerned with mood rather than architectural precision. [Oct 2012, p.60]
  19. The impulsivity that he has carried with him for most of his career has come into full bloom on Jiaolong.
  20. Oct 5, 2012
    70
    In an age of hyper-optionality these tracks are never festooned with excessive detail where a few stark gestures would do, and the results boil over with primitive playfulness.
  21. It's a less distinctive incarnation, but as evidenced by the stutteringly propulsive "Ye Ye", hardly less hypnotic.
  22. 60
    There's a rhythmic directness here, and a desire to have a good time, that's not exactly absent from Caribou but pulling harder at the leash now.
  23. Oct 5, 2012
    80
    An explosion of Snaith's warm-yet-manic verve, this is euphoria from a new master of the dancefloor.
  24. Oct 12, 2012
    80
    JIAOLONG is one of the year's most consistently compelling LPs, whether as home listening evening fuel or out and about in the sweaty rooms for which it was designed.
  25. Oct 8, 2012
    85
    For those who seek out dancefloors in order to witness the unravelling of an electronic journey, this is one of only a handful albums this year to have delivered exactly that. Fewer still have done so with such distinctness.
  26. Oct 26, 2012
    80
    By going back to the first principles of house he's built something very new and very wonderful.

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