Matilda

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  • Summary: The second album for the Leeds, England-based band was produced with Damian Taylor.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 15, 2011
    80
    Matilda expands on the palette considerably, shooting off on several tangents without muddying the overall aesthetic at all. It's harder to get into than Stateless, but once this sinks in properly, it's even better.
  2. Uncut
    Mar 23, 2011
    80
    The Leeds-based electro-rock five-piece set their sights shamelessly high on this grandiose second LP, a novelistic collection of characters journeying through a lavish panorama of cinematic sounds. [Mar 2011, p.101]
  3. Mojo
    Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Hopscotching from arrhythmic electronica to brutal DJ Shadow-style sonic assault and back again, it's a final demonstration that at last Stateless have arrived somewhere they can happily call home. [Mar 2011, p.98]
  4. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    With so much good here, it's foolish to dwell upon a few relative missteps.
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    The band's sophomore debut tempts fate with a nearly 30-second fade-in (you may think you have a defective disc on your hands, but wait for it), then takes off into a crazy welter of power ballad, electro-glitch, dubstep, atonal, acoustic-based, waltz-funk weirdness that occasionally gets tiring but rarely stops being interesting.
  6. Mar 23, 2011
    60
    A fine line between unpredictable flair and china shop bull.
  7. Q Magazine
    Mar 23, 2011
    60
    Cited as a missing link between Radiohead and Massive Attack following their self-titled 2007 debut, the Leeds outfit here start to live up to the hype. [Mar 2011, p.115]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 1, 2011
    8
    I know that I am supposed to make my review sound more intelligent by stringing polysyllabic words as closely together as possible, but I amI know that I am supposed to make my review sound more intelligent by stringing polysyllabic words as closely together as possible, but I am just going to tell you how I feel. Matilda is definitely up there with my favorite albums of the past year. I am relatively eclectic with my music, but this is certainly not my most frequented genre (if it falls in a genre). This speaks to how strong this album really is. I also feel that originality is undervalued by most people, and this has quite a bit of that. The album tends to mix several genres (one example - Spanish guitar, dub step, and hip-hop with melodic ballad type vocals) on some songs, while offering beautifully slow vocals and piano on others. Don't see my eight score as taking any thunder away from the album. Eight is a level that few achieve in my book. Overall I think that with a few more tracks and a couple of tweaks (don't ask me what they would be) to "push it over the edge" on other tracks, you have a classic album on your hands. Expand