Mind Elevation

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Sep 3, 2002
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    A blissed-out menagerie of subtly morphing beats and elegant melodies within a dub framework. [Oct 2002, p.88]
  2. 80
    A good chunk of soulful melody tinged with delightful, lackadaisical vocals and reggae vibrations.
  3. Uncut
    80
    The perfect soundtrack to summer in the city. [Oct 2002, p.111]
  4. This time out, the beats are more energetic, the tunes feature more vocals, and there's a slightly poppier feel that makes it harder to get lost in than some of their previous, more spaced-out efforts.
  5. Mojo
    70
    The cumulative effect is wildly narcotic. [Oct 2002, p.100]
  6. Mixer
    60
    If you liked previous Nightmares On Wax material, this one won't do it for you, as Evelyn's music has grown more vocal-based and less "stony."
  7. Q Magazine
    60
    This friskier, fresher take on Evelyn's previous fare is especially well judged bearing in mind that the last thing the world needs is another chill-out album. [Sep 2002, p.111]
  8. Maybe while stoned it makes sense, but sober, Mind Elevation is more confusing than uplifting.
  9. Magnet
    60
    The album fares best when Evelyn lets his sampler do the talking. [#56, p.101]
  10. Urb
    50
    While meticulously arranged, Mind Elevation contains its share of anonymous, carbon-copy beats. [Sep 2002, p.104]
  11. Most of this album, basically, doesn't work.
  12. Ironically, the fact that there are so many vocals really saves Mind Elevation from being the first bland record by Nightmares on Wax; as it is, there's something to focus on for those few tracks where the old production genius just doesn't seem to be there anymore.
  13. Blender
    40
    Like Morcheeba at their worst. [#10, p.124]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. BrianJ.
    Sep 12, 2002
    7
    lots of brilliant beats and vocals but in general a bit confusing