Night Works - Layo & Bushwacka!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    Definitely in the hat for album of the year.
  2. A righteous wallop of club-crawling, rave-slumming fun. [Oct 2002, p.83]
  3. 80
    The music pulses with a shimmering, spine-tingling blend of moodiness and vitality. [Sep 2002, p.102]
  4. 80
    While Layo & Bushwacka! could have pieced together a compilation of their bountiful peak-time material (and easily sold it), they chose to expand their artistic scope by revisiting the art of the proper artist album. And in those terms, Night Works works wonders. [Sep 2002, p.76]
  5. The album is as streamlined as a mix set.
  6. Night Works is dramatic and flirtatious, as well as warm and inviting.
  7. 80
    With Night Works, the gung-ho Layo and Bushwacka! have made an intelligent album that doesn't stray too much from it's shadowy overall mood, aided by determined breakbeats and drawn-out orchestral sounds.
  8. It's this fusing of electronics, instrumentals and genres that will separate it from big beat acts -- a.k.a The Chemical Brothers a.k.a. Fatboy Slim.
  9. Night Works proclaims the victory of brains over booty-call, mind over matter, craft over cash.
  10. It's hard to put into words exactly what makes this album so appealing. The mindlessness of it all is a major selling point.
  11. The overall mood (so spot-on is the title that the whole thing feels like a big chilled-out dance doughnut with stardust for sugar, heh heh) saves it, along with the occasional staggering moment of beauty.
  12. Nightworks shifts moods up and down with a crafty balance of beats that would work loud in a club and low in your headphones.
  13. 60
    May demand close listening compared to the boisterous immediacy of most dance efforts, but it proves utterly entrancing. [#10, p.120]
  14. The effect is spoiled by noodly, indifferent tracks such as We Meet At Last. [Aug 2002, p.128]

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