Night Works - Layo & Bushwacka!
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The album is as streamlined as a mix set.
  2. A righteous wallop of club-crawling, rave-slumming fun. [Oct 2002, p.83]
  3. Night Works is dramatic and flirtatious, as well as warm and inviting.
  4. 60
    May demand close listening compared to the boisterous immediacy of most dance efforts, but it proves utterly entrancing. [#10, p.120]
  5. 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.
  6. 100
    Definitely in the hat for album of the year.
  7. Night Works proclaims the victory of brains over booty-call, mind over matter, craft over cash.
  8. 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]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The effect is spoiled by noodly, indifferent tracks such as We Meet At Last. [Aug 2002, p.128]
  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. It's hard to put into words exactly what makes this album so appealing. The mindlessness of it all is a major selling point.
  14. 80
    The music pulses with a shimmering, spine-tingling blend of moodiness and vitality. [Sep 2002, p.102]

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