Nightmare Ending

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Alternative Press
    May 10, 2013
    90
    With vocals creeping into the closer "Happiness," not once does Cooper put a foot wrong, creating an album that borders on perfection. [Jun 2013, p.96]
  2. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    It’s restlessly beautiful stuff.
  3. Mojo
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    Kite breezes of melodic distortion blur into fog banks of silver noise before everything goes Dream-psych with Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on hazy closer Happiness. [Jul 2013, p.87]
  4. Jun 3, 2013
    80
    No matter how many times you listen to Nightmare Ending, you will probably never figure out why it was given its title: sad or happy, deaths and endings are not treated on the album as nightmarish, but as natural to humanity as is emotion.
  5. May 28, 2013
    80
    Nightmare Ending may not be Cooper's most cohesive record, but it's a perfect representation of the indie-rock generation's most diverse ambient musician.
  6. May 22, 2013
    80
    The result actually makes for one of the best introductions to all the sides of Cooper’s work, even as it’s a wonderful banquet for fans.
  7. May 10, 2013
    80
    Cooper's ability to infuse a very human emotional arc into his wordless sheets of sound is a large part of what's made his body of work so captivating. Electronic webs meet with patient piano moments throughout Nightmare Ending, sometimes casting heavy shadows of fear or pain, other times offering relief from that very pain.
  8. May 30, 2013
    78
    It's a long glorious exhalation of energies not actually dissipated, as it seemed for a while, but only multiplying in force under suppression.
  9. May 10, 2013
    78
    It’s a much more jagged experience; a patchwork as opposed to an exercise in consistency. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, Nightmare Ending manages to be Eluvium’s most evocative and interesting work to date.
  10. Under The Radar
    Jun 13, 2013
    75
    Matthew Cooper's music veers from Ambient to experimental on his latest spellbinding release. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.97]
  11. May 30, 2013
    70
    Perhaps Nightmare Ending would have been a more interesting record if Cooper had let himself off the leash rather more and explored ‘flawed’ ideas and sounds more purposefully.
  12. 70
    Nightmare Ending might be too big to work as a first-time introduction to Cooper’s music (either Talk Amongst the Trees or Lambent Material would do better), but it’s a loving summit for anyone who has been trailing him through the years.
  13. Magnet
    May 10, 2013
    60
    There's no shortage of pretty sounds, but it's too easy to drift into the reliable ebb and flow of this album's amniotic dynamic. [No. 98, p.54]
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  1. May 27, 2013
    10
    Wow! This album truly is an absolute masterpiece. As someone who loves all types of ambient music, I am surprised that I've never heard ofWow! This album truly is an absolute masterpiece. As someone who loves all types of ambient music, I am surprised that I've never heard of Matthew Cooper's work before and I am just absolutely amazed. So much emotion put into an album that it almost makes me wanna cry even before the first song is over. This album is great and I'm definitely going to be looking at more of this guys work. Full Review »