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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Los Angeles-based British electronic artist features guest appearances from Innov Gnawa, Nicole Miglis, Nick Murphy, and Rhye.
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It's beautiful, and even though I told you so, you know We'd face survival, we're leaving lights on We'll move or go on somehow Looking like... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. Jan 17, 2017
    100
    Migration is the acid test for electronic music in 2017, and sets a standard that will be undeniably difficult to beat, let alone match.
  2. Jan 17, 2017
    90
    Jazz-heavy, experimental but rooted in beats, Migration plays with your emotions in a way that befits a post-break up period--and is yet another fine offering from the Ninja Tune mainstay.
  3. Jan 17, 2017
    80
    Overall, Migration represents another step forward in Bonobo’s musical development, keeping what was already strong in his music but adding more colour and depth.
  4. Jan 17, 2017
    73
    All told, Migration is an impressive improvement over The North Borders, and easily the most listenable record of Bonobo’s fifteen-plus year career.
  5. 70
    When Migration is at its best all is forgotten: Bonobo's ability to immerse the listener in a gorgeous electronic escapism is better than ever.
  6. Jan 17, 2017
    70
    The record will likely serve newer fans of Bonobo better than those that maintain a stronger fondness for his earlier work, but his journey is a fascinating one and only time will judge its permeance.
  7. Jan 17, 2017
    48
    As its title implies, Migration was meant to be about Green's experience moving to a new home and traveling around the world. But rather than taking his sound anywhere, Migration stays put.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. Nov 12, 2017
    10
    Bonobo really surprised us with "Migration," after "The North Borders," we did not expect an album with such production and really a migrationBonobo really surprised us with "Migration," after "The North Borders," we did not expect an album with such production and really a migration to a different style that sure worked. This new style brings subtlety, emotion, involvement and the most important soul, that is, the feeling behind each of the songs. Expand
  2. Jan 17, 2017
    10
    Bonobo doesn't disappoint. A natural progression (yet a significant departure) from the North Borders, he again showcases his mastery ofBonobo doesn't disappoint. A natural progression (yet a significant departure) from the North Borders, he again showcases his mastery of creating wonderfully unique and captivating soundscapes. Here, he uses this talent to capture the feel of an unsettled nomadic life (the album was recorded during his travels around the world whilst on tour). Quite unlike more recent efforts, this album is given tons of time to breath. Within his discography, it's all the better for it. Excellent vocal contributions and a variety of unique sounds, it's an incredible auditory experience and I would expect nothing less from the master. Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2017
    9
    Its not breaking any new ground, but its brilliantly executed. 8.5/10. My personal favorites are Kerala, Ontario, Bambro koyo ganda, andIts not breaking any new ground, but its brilliantly executed. 8.5/10. My personal favorites are Kerala, Ontario, Bambro koyo ganda, and Figures with the Elkie Brooks sample (although Moodymann sampled it better on "Why Do U Feel") Expand
  4. May 16, 2017
    7
    It’s a beautiful sound for those who have acquired a taste for completely atmospheric based music, but for a more eclectic listener it doesn’tIt’s a beautiful sound for those who have acquired a taste for completely atmospheric based music, but for a more eclectic listener it doesn’t provide much substance. My Score: 121/180 (Good) = 6.7/10 Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2017
    7
    I am a huge fan of Bonobo, he is definitely in my top 5 favorite artists. This album has some great tracks that suggest a blend of his NorthI am a huge fan of Bonobo, he is definitely in my top 5 favorite artists. This album has some great tracks that suggest a blend of his North Borders electronic style with his more eclectic sound that he promoted on Days to Come. Some of the highlights for me include the serene Break Apart, the piano filled Migration, and the two ending tracks 7th Sevens and Figures. For me though, the album as a whole falls a little short of what I've come to expect from a Bonobo album. Some of the tracks feel a bit like filler rely too heavily on a generic club beat to keep the energy going. Maybe this album will grow on me a bit more with time, but I can't help but feel a little let down with this album when I think about how great his other albums are. I am still very excited to see the live show though, perhaps it will breathe a different energy into some of the songs. Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2017
    6
    A melodically pleasant electronica record that completely blends together towards the beginning and never really shows any unique musicalA melodically pleasant electronica record that completely blends together towards the beginning and never really shows any unique musical characteristics. Expand
  7. Feb 22, 2017
    5
    I may say still using the female voice in an instrumental way to create an artificial atmosphere is a disappointing sign of talent andI may say still using the female voice in an instrumental way to create an artificial atmosphere is a disappointing sign of talent and toolbox's exhaustion. Expand