Melody's Echo Chamber

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    The combination of Parker's inspired production, Prochet's lovely singing and evocative songwriting, and the perfect balance the duo strikes between pop and art makes Melody's Echo Chamber a rather stunning debut.
  2. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    A shimmering, lovely thing, this debut is also full of adventurous spirit.
  3. Breathy vocals, immensely hooky songwriting and a brilliantly defined technicolor aesthetic established from the very beginning. Such description could have been thrown at Stereolab in the early '90s and at Broadcast in the early 2000s.
  4. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    Each song can stand strongly on its own or the entire record can work as a cohesive whole (most records are one or the other).
  5. Sep 26, 2012
    70
    Although it could have ended on a stronger note, it's a fitting conclusion to the pleasant trip through Melody's spacey dreamworld.
  6. 70
    While some albums evoke a dream-like state, Melody's Echo Chamber ensnares the listener into its elegant wilderness, not wanting to let go.
  7. Nov 5, 2012
    70
    Sophisticated yet uncomplicated, misty yet vibrant, luxurious yet disquieting, 'Melody's Echo Chamber' is a lovely record full of dualities.
  8. Nov 26, 2012
    90
    Whatever happens next, she can rest assured safe in the knowledge that together with her beau they've conjured up one of 2012's--or any other year in recent memory--finest debuts.
  9. Mojo
    Dec 17, 2012
    80
    [A] luscious layercake of flange and Echoplex. [Jan 2013, p.90]
  10. What it all adds up to isn't big-push psych loonycakes like The Flaming Lips, but something more subtly disorienting.
  11. Sep 25, 2012
    74
    For a collaboration between a songwriter and a producer who helped push her to the outer limits of her vision, Melody's Echo Chamber is an impressively immersive debut.
  12. Nov 30, 2012
    70
    Overall, this LP won't appeal to everyone, and it's unlikely that anyone will like everything about it. Still, the music industry could use a lot more innovation, and Prochet definitely offers that.
  13. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    You can come for the psychedelic pyrotechnics, and you can stay for the hooks: this debut is endlessly replayable.
  14. Q Magazine
    Nov 21, 2012
    80
    An intoxicating listen that's well worth experiencing for yourself. [Dec 2012, p.109]
  15. Nov 2, 2012
    80
    Melody's magic combination of dreamy sonics and saccharine vocals is an inexorable pleasure.
  16. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    As Ms. Prochet's lyrics melt into the hiss and buzz, her lilting tunes come through. Amid the derangement, it's still French pop.
  17. Nov 5, 2012
    90
    Melody's Echo Chamber is a glorious album. Its success lies in the balance between Prochet's ability to break out of the (supposed) shackles of her structured classical composition education, while still delivering a suite of songs that are coherent, eminently listenable and blend lightness with dark foreboding.
  18. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    Stereolab, Cocteau Twins, and Broadcast are key reference points here, though Prochet ensures that the only voice you'll recognize in the Chamber is hers.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 29, 2014
    10
    What do you get if you mix the tremendously talented and visionary Kevin Parker and the utterly charming and hypnotizing Melody Prochet? OneWhat do you get if you mix the tremendously talented and visionary Kevin Parker and the utterly charming and hypnotizing Melody Prochet? One of the best and most compelling and addictive albums of not only the last decade, but the whole history of psychedelic rock/pop. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2016
    10
    Every song is fantastic and fits together to make a psychedelic masterpiece. I would go so far as to say that it's better than any Tame ImpalaEvery song is fantastic and fits together to make a psychedelic masterpiece. I would go so far as to say that it's better than any Tame Impala album to date. Full Review »
  3. Sep 14, 2013
    9
    Unbelievable, perfectly produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, insanely good tunes that send you into a state of bliss, Prochet's voice isUnbelievable, perfectly produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, insanely good tunes that send you into a state of bliss, Prochet's voice is phenomenal. Plenty of variation with the music, never sticks to one formula for a long period. The only thing preventing it from getting a 10 is the final track, "be proud of your kids" which is fairly irritating. Get it! Full Review »