Listening Tree

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  • Summary: The third album for the English electronica artist and producer.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
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  1. Q Magazine
    When it clicks, as on the exhilarating rush of single 'Family Galaxy' or 'Fortress's' twisted rock operatics, the results glow with all the Technicolor detail of the Roger Dean-gone-digital cover art. [May 2009, p.112]
  2. Under The Radar
    Such considerate lyrics make Listening Tree a heady electronic organism that dips enough of its roots into a melody-driven loom. [Spring 2009, p.79]
  3. This gallopingly demented album comes off like a battle between two gargantuan, city-pulverising, sci-fi beasts engaged in an epic ruckus.
  4. Uncut
    Too often, though, we find shaw sloshing around in cyber-soup, drunk on technology and singing existential love songs in a manner akin to Alexander Armstrong scatting with Squarepusher. [Apr 2009, p.84]
  5. It's a singular sound that's as trying as any of the year's scarier noise records, but it's also uncompromising: a pop-music dealbreaker, even for fiscally responsible, architecturally dashing electro-pop.
  6. 50
    Overall, Listening Tree is all about Tim, and his deep closeted skeletons and inner demons, which are far too abstract to be even remotely relatable or fun to sweat it out to their exorcisms.
  7. Listening Tree is in Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys territory, and Exile does not have the pipes to pull it off.

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