Monkeytown - Modeselektor
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Oct 7, 2011
    100
    Monkeytown is the sound of two men working in harmony, perfectly in control of their machines. And it may just be one of the albums of the year.
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    90
    Bronsert and Szary rarely break the mould here but it's instead one of the most accessible and effortlessly enjoyable dance music albums of the year.
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    85
    Monkeytown is a must for fans of techno, electro, and/or pop.
  4. Oct 3, 2011
    74
    The album may be scattershot, but perhaps that doesn't matter so much when it's delivered out the barrel of a 12-gauge.
  5. Nov 3, 2011
    70
    The duo dares you not to have a good time, then double-dog-dares you to try and shuffle them into a convenient genre compartment. [Oct 2011, p.112]
  6. Oct 14, 2011
    70
    While nobody expects cohesiveness from these guys, Monkeytown is at least commendably concise--their leanest and tightest offering yet.
  7. Oct 7, 2011
    70
    Monkeytown is definitely an intriguing and thoughtful project, and improves with each listen.
  8. Oct 4, 2011
    70
    Modeselektor's willingness to collaborate and explore sounds while still sticking to their identifiable, fat, bass-heavy crunk techno style is worth applauding, and there's no reason to think that they won't continue to remain relevant.
  9. Sep 30, 2011
    70
    Modeselektor sprinkle the Flying Lotus–style funk sparingly, melting their Teutonic cool just enough to reveal a previously missing musical link: soulfulness.
  10. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    It's the slo-electro instrumental Grillwalker that steals the day. [Nov 2011, p.103]
  11. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    Monkeytown presents mutated dance music, ranging from satirical mutoid rap, warehouse ragga and even jump-up ambient. [Nov. 2011, p. 136]
  12. Oct 25, 2011
    60
    Keeping grooves minimal but sonic detailing maximal, Modeselektor smear snarky flows by avant-rapper Busdriver and, on two tracks, colorize fragments of fan Thom Yorke's voice, whose falsetto conjures Billie Holiday as a disco diva on "Shipwreck."
  13. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    Yorke aside, the attractions are few in Monkeytown. [Nov 2011, p.93]
  14. Oct 11, 2011
    60
    When the band sticks to this wheelhouse, they're as successful as they've ever been. When they divert from it, the results are wishy-washy.
  15. 60
    This duo's assured, accessible third album builds upon their reputation as omnivorous digital stylists
  16. Sep 30, 2011
    40
    Of the variable decisions on Monkeytown, though, the worst is the employment of Radiohead's Thom Yorke on two tracks--something of a recent trend in dance music--his voice serving as the ultimate buzzkill to deaden any enjoyment of the party.

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