Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dec 5, 2011
    90
    As alluring and dreamlike as anything from Willner's first two full-lengths.
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Given the complex menagerie of moods and movements interpolated amongst the din of this septet of songs, it seems like the man has indeed accomplished his mission.
  3. Oct 28, 2011
    90
    It's the album that vaults him from burgeoning, brilliant protégé to titan in one fell swoop, and it hints at even greater things to come as he continues down the path of total artistic realization.
  4. Oct 27, 2011
    60
    If you can't tell by the horribly obvious title, Looping State of Mind is designed as a return to The Field's roots--and in many ways, that shift is enough to make it a step up from Willner's last effort.
  5. Oct 25, 2011
    91
    The Field knows how to tease until it's practically torturous, while somehow never qualifying for off-putting tags like "difficult" or "experimental."
  6. Oct 24, 2011
    70
    Willner may not have been able to affect us as deeply and profoundly as he does on Looping State of Mind, showing us not only that he has successfully moved past the confines of his early work, but also that he's presently at the top of his game.
  7. 80
    It's expansively, ecstatically excellent for many of the same reasons as The Field's previous two: blissful, loop-based hymns at the intersection between shoegazing, trance and minimal techno.
  8. Oct 20, 2011
    78
    What will catch one's attention are the patterns Axel Willner creates within each song that push the record forward.
  9. Oct 13, 2011
    80
    Looping State of Mind is a bold attempt at fusing The Field's emotive tendencies with something more aggressive, and for the most part, Willner strikes the perfect balance.
  10. Oct 7, 2011
    90
    This is Willner's finest record yet, a composition of effortlessly gorgeous, technically fantastic, genuinely awe-inspiring music.
  11. Here he has never sounded more confident and purposeful, building layered and incredibly rich compositions out of his blissful loops that more than justify the length they inhabit.
  12. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    Looping State of Mind barely outstays its welcome, and its beatific state of mind may prove to be a welcome refuge for many more than for the musical vanguard, like Seefeel, that inspired it.
  13. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    The results are even more immersive than the stuttering microhouse rhythms on which he built his reputation originally.
  14. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    There's nothing here with quite the same catchiness that The Field somehow achieved on the head-nodders A Paw In My Face or The More That I Do, but each track is a fascinating experiment in sound, and this is perhaps his strongest record yet.
  15. Oct 5, 2011
    84
    Looping State of Mind both conquers and surpasses the only-so-many-pieces-in-the-box standards of most traditional dance forms by appeasing those crescendo/break/denouement expectations in name only.
  16. Oct 5, 2011
    85
    He's brought all his skill to bear on Looping, as composer and arranger and texturologist, in order to build something this simultaneously sweeping and subtle, deep and immediate.
  17. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Fast forward to 2011, and third album Looping State Of Mind is a markedly more complex development of his sound.
  18. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Not only is Looping State of Mind Willner's most diverse and satisfying statement to date, it's an album that establishes him as one of electronic music's more subtly lateral thinkers.
  19. 70
    On the whole, Looping State of Mind is carefully thought out, beautiful in its lofty ambitions, and a refreshing return without any unnecessary sheen and gloss--minimalism that moves.
  20. Oct 5, 2011
    90
    Looping State of Mind might just be the finest document of his craft yet.
  21. Jun 28, 2012
    60
    The warm glow that they engender is palpable, but you do wonder what may happen if The Field broke free from the constraints of the loop. [Jan 2012, p.99]
  22. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    Boundless and ecstatic, this is house music at its very best. [Dec. 2001 p. 126]
  23. Nov 15, 2011
    70
    The inanely literalistic Looping State of Mind magnifies that trend [toward expansionism], offering seven mutations of his trademark sound, in a newly expansive array of tempos. [#82, p. 55]
  24. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    Magnificent. [Nov 2011, p.84]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    10
    It has the sound you'd expect from The Field, only fuller. It's a deeper, more sensational electronic universe that I can't help but be drifted away to, even more so than the other two albums. It definitely won't leave you with a feeling of disappointment if you enjoyed the past two albums. I'd definitely say it's the best of the three. Listen to it! Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2011
    8
    Didn't know what to expect as I listened to it as a new release on Spotify. Never heard the earlier albums. Love it. So many levels. Waves of sound layered on hypnotic beats. What a foot-tapper. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    10
    You can always count on The Field to make a great album. But this even surpasses their previous albums. They have matured and the album appears more confident and assured. Track Arpeggiated Love is a masterpiece. In my Top 5 so far for 2011. Full Review »