North - Darkstar
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  • Summary: The duo make their debut as a trio and turn away from traditional dubstep sounds on their new album, creating a dense, complex collection of dance music.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. Nov 9, 2010
    80
    Remorselessly absorbing debut from stars in waiting on dub-step's Def Jam. [Dec. 2010, p. 107]
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    80
    North is an album intended to be accessible, and it embodies its time and place more honestly than most records released this year--which is a risky thing to say while also acknowledging that the title refers to a time as well as a place: the Northern England of Joy Division and The Human League.
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    80
    Not all of it convinces; Buttery's vocals can stray into a chill-out. But this is still an absorbing record that deserves to break hearts beyond the confines of the dubstep scene. [Dec. 2010, p. 108]
  4. Oct 22, 2010
    70
    Like a virus-ridden PC vainly trying to upload lovelorn messages over dial-up to its neglectful owner, this side-stepping of the usual Hyperdub format is most welcome. We want more.
  5. Oct 28, 2010
    70
    It's a downbeat record that reclaim's dubstep's original dark energy and experimental imperative.
  6. 70
    Ultimately, Darkstar's maturation from dubstep's next big things into modern pop classicists continues to intrigue.
  7. Oct 29, 2010
    60
    The result is a promising record that's much closer in tone and sentiment to an act like Hurts than they'd presumably be comfortable with. [Dec 2010, p.88]

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