Obrigado Saudade - Mice Parade

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Each of these compositions reveals not only an imaginative use of trace musical elements, but also a maturing sense of how to arrange them.
  2. Ultimately, Mice Parade oscillate between making loose, open-ended techno-twinged acoustic music that's truly intriguing and flailing around in a sleepy, directionless mess of dullery.
  3. This is music just about anyone can enjoy, either for close listening or simply ambient sound.
  4. If a brace of previous albums hinted at genre-defying transcendence, Obrigado Saudade attains it. [Mar 2004, p.107]
  5. If you enjoy the ear-perkingly dense textures of friendlier experimental stuff like Four Tet and Fridge's Happiness LP, then you can't go wrong here.
  6. A decidedly pleasant listening experience, if not an altogether important one.
  7. A welcome addition to the avant-garde canon, an album that demonstrates the continuing development and growth of Mice Parade and Pierce.
  8. A warm, accessible listen, it’s hard to say anything too bad about Obrigado Saudade, which may be its biggest fault: it’s too clean, too comfortable.
  9. A series of serene and sensuous treasures rich in texture and laden with rapturous instrumental hooks.
  10. 80
    Imagine Four Tet with a band instead of a laptop and you're getting close. [Jan 2004, p.78]
  11. It feels more like a transitional album than the next level for the group.
  12. On Obrigado Saudade, Pierce picks up where he left off on his last few Bubblecore releases, melding post-rock, world music and analog electronics into rich, earthy shapes.
  13. 70
    Pierce consistently avoids the disturbance of breakbeats and jump cuts, instead rolling the elements into a smooth melange of sound that references world, dance and folk music, yet transcends all.

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