• Record Label: !K7
  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2013
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    The album closes as strongly as it begins with "Miami Titles," a thrilling orchestra-hall-meets-club synthesis from a trio that draws from Mahler, Reich, Mills, and Hood as if they're all part of the same lineage.
  2. Mar 25, 2013
    78
    Miami shows Brandt Brauer Frick to have reached new heights of imagination and technical accomplishment, but it’s undeniably a challenging listen. Break through its forbidding surface, though, and the rewards can be considerable.
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    It's the music's fiendish complexity and flashes of sublime harmony that captivate. [Apr 2013, p.96]
  4. Mar 13, 2013
    80
    Miami's best tracks remain (twisted) dancefloor friendly. [Apr 2013, p.95]
  5. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    Miami frustrates and falls well short in terms of capturing hearts as readily as it will minds.
  6. Mar 13, 2013
    50
    Brand Brauer Frick are unquestionably a force to be reckoned with, yet they seem unsure exactly what direction to take: whether to continue to interpret dance music using classical apparatus, or to move down a darker, more avant garde route.
  7. 70
    An archly dramatic set of compositions.
  8. Mar 26, 2013
    81
    Miami shows an inventive collective in the act of reinvention, their recorded output transitioning from concepts to compositions to living breathing body-moving songs.
  9. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    It sounds more rigorously composed, but still with the swing that comes from live performers on un-quantized instruments, filtering the rhythms through their singular perspectives.
  10. 80
    A darker, rougher beast than either of its predecessors, it’s a highly expansive piece of work.
  11. Mar 13, 2013
    70
    Miami is a record that is hard to get a handle on at times, but it is all the more resonant for it when you eventually fall under its spell.
  12. Apr 5, 2013
    60
    The album doesn't wear so well over time. [Mar 2013, p.50]
  13. Mar 28, 2013
    70
    Miami still isn't their masterpiece, but it suggests they have one in them.
  14. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Though Miami displays a jazzier, looser, and often darker side of Brandt Brauer Frick, it doesn't overshadow the classical techno-ensemble sound the trio first introduced on You Make Me Real.
  15. Mar 22, 2013
    80
    The finest moment is ‘Fantasie Mädchen’, a manic banger on which Gudrun Gut provides borderline psychotic vocals.

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