Metallic Spheres

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2010
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. The results are exactly what fans of either act would hope for and a pleasant surprise for those who'd given up on both of them.
  2. In the early '80s, Pink Floyd released a hits collection humorously titled A Collection of Great Dance Songs. Thirty years later, the Orb and Gilmour have decided to make good on that album title.
  3. 80
    Metallic Spheres, a collaboration with electronica legends the Orb, represents his boldest and most satisfying footnote to date.
  4. It will surprise no one but the most uptight and partisan fans of either group to learn that Gilmour's honeyed, chiming and unchallenging guitar work is a sensual fit for The Orb's expansive, uplifting and soporific electronica.
  5. Uncut
    80
    What most surprising is the diversity here--the sense of direction is not pressing, but ultimately there's plenty to revisit. [Nov 2010, p.94]
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    The 50-minute opus is an ambient masterclass. [Nov 2010, p.112]
  7. Dec 22, 2010
    70
    This ambitious LP is an acid-tinged, ambient headfuck that's guaranteed to blow your brains out all over the couch you've sunk into.
  8. it's still not quite as successful as the Orb's classic material, and a little too subdued, lacking both the goofy sampleadelic grandeur and the ear-grabbing pop pulse of the Ultraworld era. But it's still the most focused and listenable Orb album in years.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 7, 2015
    7
    A very smooth album. A great combination of what The Orb does best with smooth guitar helpfuls from Gilmour. Not anything revolutionary, butA very smooth album. A great combination of what The Orb does best with smooth guitar helpfuls from Gilmour. Not anything revolutionary, but enjoyable to listen to once in a while. Full Review »