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. 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."
  3. Uncut
    80
    The perfect soundtrack to summer in the city. [Oct 2002, p.111]
  4. 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]
  5. Most of this album, basically, doesn't work.
  6. Urb
    50
    While meticulously arranged, Mind Elevation contains its share of anonymous, carbon-copy beats. [Sep 2002, p.104]
  7. 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.
  8. Blender
    40
    Like Morcheeba at their worst. [#10, p.124]
  9. 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.
  10. 80
    A good chunk of soulful melody tinged with delightful, lackadaisical vocals and reggae vibrations.
  11. Mojo
    70
    The cumulative effect is wildly narcotic. [Oct 2002, p.100]
  12. Magnet
    60
    The album fares best when Evelyn lets his sampler do the talking. [#56, p.101]
  13. Maybe while stoned it makes sense, but sober, Mind Elevation is more confusing than uplifting.
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