Knoxville - Fennesz
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    Drowsily beautiful. [Oct 2010, p.94]
  2. Oct 28, 2010
    80
    Knoxville goes some way towards capturing the evident chemistry they found together, whilst also making it clear that we really need to catch them live to experience the full effect.
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    80
    The real measure of Knoxville's success is that it always feels it has ended too soon.
  4. Oct 28, 2010
    80
    Maybe it shouldn't be altogether surprising that Knoxville is brimming over with bravura displays of improvisational nous. Similarly, it would be hard to find a finer study of the suppression of the ego; each musician's signature sound serving to continually complement, but never saturate, the artistry of the others.
  5. Oct 28, 2010
    80
    The particulars of the feelings evoked here will vary from one set of ears to another, but above all, Knoxville offers an opportunity to lose yourself in a rush of highly detailed and overpowering sound. And the spaces it builds come across as beautiful and celebratory, no matter how crazy things get.
  6. Oct 28, 2010
    70
    The quietest moments tend to be as tense as the loudest, and the contrasts -- lambent, sparsely played guitar offset by skittering and rattling cymbals and transitory electronic thrums, for instance -- are deeply affecting with close listening.
  7. Oct 28, 2010
    70
    The only complaint about Knoxville is its length, although it's not so much a complaint as it is a curiosity about whether there is more of this live performance out there somewhere that didn't make the final edit. As with almost all Fennesz projects and releases, the listener is left wanting more.
  8. Oct 28, 2010
    60
    This is an improvised quartet of light noise, static, and hum. It isn't a polished piece, composed and meant to be taken in pieces. I accept that and judge it thusly.
  9. Oct 28, 2010
    50
    This brand of thoughtful ambient music is certainly not for everyone, but those willing to take the plunge may just come away surprised. After all, being perhaps too original and ambitious is often better than being trite and derivative.

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