Manic Expressive - Her Space Holiday

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Both soothing and exhilarating. [Jan 2002, p.84]
  2. Like Kid A's little brother, Manic Expressive pops and gurgles through spacey, multi-textured compositions.
  3. 80
    Merging synth orchestration and genuine strings ins't new, but [Marc] bianchi pushes the form toward and organic/technological inevitable. [#52, p.89]
  4. If there is a problem with Expressive, it's that it now sounds as if Bianchi may be copping to trends.... But overall, the moody synthetics suit his style. [#11]
  5. 70
    Next to the Eels and Atmosphere, eclectic and earnest self-examination hasn't sounded this interesting (not to mention entertaining) in a while. [Aug 2002, p.118]
  6. This is mellow, ambient electronica that takes its time in getting where it's going, and rewards patient listeners.
  7. The embryo that is Manic Expressive promises much from the future. [Nov 2001, p.122]
  8. A rather mousey, introspective record, awash with the wishy-washy sounds of shoegazing, and yet not without its precise, audacious moments.
  9. 50
    Air and Zero 7 are perhaps the nearest reference points. [Dec 2001, p.106]
  10. If the whole album had the strength of the final track, I would be seriously pleased. But it does not. Rather, Manic Expressive as a whole sounds like a failed attempt at a) minimalism, b) ambient, and c) IDM.
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  1. ChrisF
    Jul 31, 2006
    yeah, don't hate. having heard his other two hsh albums first, i think it's easy to appreciate that this is an excellent electronic starting point from which he built two other good albums. Best: The Young Machines, great: Manic Expressive, good: The Past Presents the Future. Full Review »