Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 22, 2013
    90
    Like a masterfully carved piece of woodwork, every facet of this record has been lovingly molded such that, when all’s said and done, the finished product looks completely natural.
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    85
    Saginaw's clarity of vision permeates his new record, even during the brief lulls when the music seems to be taking a break to catch its breath, and makes it a resounding statement in his musical career.
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    No Better Time Than Now is a mature, immersive work that carries with it an intense emotional weight--the passionate, human energy of the live drumming dovetails beautifully with the optimism and spiritual healing expressed in the melodies.
  4. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    This is Saginaw's most colorful and accomplished release, and it indicates a vast range of individualistic possibilities for his next move.
  5. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Surely Saginaw's most confident work yet, No Better Time Than Now shows a young artist maturing with the grace of a seasoned musician.
  6. 75
    This one’s a slow burner. And it’s nice to be reminded that sometimes, that’s a good thing.
  7. Aug 30, 2013
    70
    No Better Time Than Now is both musically rich and emotionally open, and it’ll be interesting to see where Shigeto takes his sound next.
  8. Aug 26, 2013
    70
    No Better Time Than Now is close to a great album, but it's flawed in its existence to experiment, ultimately experimenting a little too far.
  9. Aug 28, 2013
    64
    Though Shigeto has absorbed a host of positive qualities from his fellow beatmakers, he seems caught, between a more purposeful, narrative form of music (like that of Four Tet, and the calmer compositions of Flying Lotus) and the abstruse, diffuse form that’s endorsed by the Leaving Records camp.

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