No World - Inc.
  • Band Name: Inc.
  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Feb 19, 2013
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 8, 2013
    90
    If the album can be considered R&B proper, it’s one of the most consistent and fulfilling longplayers the genre has yet birthed.
  2. Feb 19, 2013
    90
    No World is a heady mix of opaque beats and Romy Madley Croft guitar lines that reverberate throughout the band's 41-minutes of modest club bangers.
  3. 80
    While indebted to the music that came before it, No World is very much of the here and now.
  4. Feb 20, 2013
    80
    Their hooks sink deep, but you'll be more likely to hum than sing along, simply because their words so often disappear into the ether like messages traced with your fingertips on a fogged mirror.
  5. 80
    Their debut album is 11 whispered R&B songs, all textured, considered and thoughtfully constructed.
  6. Feb 13, 2013
    80
    The results are dark and slinking, but also highly exquisite, as No World boasts a moody set of tracks that are neither loud nor aggressive, but still possess a very raw and beautiful power lurking behind the whispers.
  7. Feb 12, 2013
    80
    These gifted siblings have come of age. You’ll want what they’re having.
  8. Feb 12, 2013
    80
    Inc. have taken pop-R'n'B out of the cynical genre tourism and into somewhere far more interesting. [Mar 2013, p.94]
  9. Mar 15, 2013
    76
    With major-label R & B still getting a bad rap for being too verbose and sappy, in slides inc. with a tactical and tactful blend of seductive strains framed by minimal instrumentation.
  10. 70
    Overall, there is a very cloud-like vibe, reticent of stammering into a mysterious blend of genres.
  11. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    The fearful funk of inc. isn't just summarised as another outlet for meditative reflection--every song on this record showcases unbeatable quirk-pop perfection.
  12. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    inc. is both faithful to its source material and clever enough to twist it into new shapes, but at least for the time being, no world is unlikely to bring the Ageds out of the shadows.
  13. 70
    Though it tails off, it starts wonderfully, and how much you enjoy No World’s second half will entirely depend on whether you thought the successes of its first were so great that they were worth repeating within the following 20 minutes.
  14. Feb 12, 2013
    70
    It's a guarded affair, drawing from the same muted palette of emotions throughout. [Mar 2013, p.73]
  15. Mar 18, 2013
    60
    No world expands the EP’s sound into a slow-burning stew of low bass, nervously ricocheting ticks, and rim shots. The synths circle woozily, usually providing more of the atmosphere than the lead melody. The vocals aren’t hiding, but they’re not out in front either.
  16. Feb 21, 2013
    60
    It is a subtle work that may not blow you away but provides lovely succour if you care to wallow in a soulfully translucent daze.
  17. Feb 21, 2013
    60
    The overall effect is pleasantly daydreamy, though the album quickly settles into one gear.
  18. Mar 13, 2013
    54
    It's really unfortunate that Inc. hasn't been able to elevate beyond these very basic production mistakes; they give an impression that No World was either unmastered or mastered haphazardly.
  19. 50
    None [of the tracks], however, are particularly distinctive from the rest, and while that’s not always a bad thing, it can get frustrating fast when an artist’s single weapon is a certain narrow, half-awake affect.
  20. Feb 19, 2013
    50
    Much of No World is so slight, tentative, and ill-defined that it easily slips into pleasant background listening for intimate encounters and soul searching.
  21. Feb 12, 2013
    40
    The suspicion is that, in parts at least, No World was more satisfying to make than it is to listen to. [Mar 2013, p.104]

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