Mind Elevation - Nightmares on Wax

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. A blissed-out menagerie of subtly morphing beats and elegant melodies within a dub framework. [Oct 2002, p.88]
  3. 40
    Like Morcheeba at their worst. [#10, p.124]
  4. 80
    A good chunk of soulful melody tinged with delightful, lackadaisical vocals and reggae vibrations.
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    The album fares best when Evelyn lets his sampler do the talking. [#56, p.101]
  7. 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."
  8. 70
    The cumulative effect is wildly narcotic. [Oct 2002, p.100]
  9. Most of this album, basically, doesn't work.
  10. Maybe while stoned it makes sense, but sober, Mind Elevation is more confusing than uplifting.
  11. 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]
  12. 80
    The perfect soundtrack to summer in the city. [Oct 2002, p.111]
  13. 50
    While meticulously arranged, Mind Elevation contains its share of anonymous, carbon-copy beats. [Sep 2002, p.104]
User Score

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
    lots of brilliant beats and vocals but in general a bit confusing