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Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 26, 2013
    100
    Nostalchic’= is the record you want to be listening to during the afterglow of good sex or a perfect ecstasy trip.
  2. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    Lapalux is already in the foothills of greatness. [May 2013, p.73]
  3. Mar 27, 2013
    80
    Whilst Nostalchic is Lapalux’s most full-bodied work to date, it’s also one of the finer examples of how the recent house-meets-r’n'b explosion can be executed with subtlety and finesse.
  4. Mar 22, 2013
    80
    For Howard it’s important to not just make music that sounds interesting; it’s vital to make music that exists in its own little world, unknowable and distinctly alluring. Nostalchic is an album that certainly achieves those aims.
  5. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    Nostalchic is texturally dense, yes, but made of simply swoonsome stuff. [Apr 2013, p.104]
  6. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    Lapalux has joined the ranks of contemporary electronica's finest, like Flo Lo himself. [Apr 2013, p.95]
  7. Mar 25, 2013
    75
    Nostalgic is an exciting journey, but during the moments when Lapalux fails to provide a coherent roadmap, it's a bit too easy for the rest of us to get lost.
  8. There are a couple of lesser tracks on Nostalchic and it’s up for debate as to how well Howard sticks the landing on the LP format, but Lapalux is a singular talent and his debut is evidence of that even if the pieces don’t all quite click neatly into place.
  9. Mar 28, 2013
    74
    Keeping solidly in line with the Brainfeeder tradition, Nostalchic is a forward-looking album, warm and comfortable but never obvious.
  10. Apr 19, 2013
    70
    An ethereal R&B record overindulging on the ether, Nostalchic curls up at the feet and slowly burrows into the body.
  11. Mar 22, 2013
    70
    Lapalux has found his home at Brainfeeder, with Nostalchic and its masterful genre crossings a fitting first release.
  12. Mar 19, 2013
    70
    Nostalchic has a certain airiness, a focus on floaty atmospherics, that aligns it with the work of other washed-out boudoir crooners such as The Weeknd and How to Dress Well.
  13. Mar 19, 2013
    70
    Prone to playing one too many familiar games--the compressed vocals and the clunky convergence of beats ducking down--though as the sole Brit on Brainfeeder, you can’t knock him for being a team player.

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