Obrigado Saudade


Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. A welcome addition to the avant-garde canon, an album that demonstrates the continuing development and growth of Mice Parade and Pierce.
  2. 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.
  3. It feels more like a transitional album than the next level for the group.
  4. This is music just about anyone can enjoy, either for close listening or simply ambient sound.
  5. 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.
  6. Urb
    Imagine Four Tet with a band instead of a laptop and you're getting close. [Jan 2004, p.78]
  7. Each of these compositions reveals not only an imaginative use of trace musical elements, but also a maturing sense of how to arrange them.
  8. Q Magazine
    If a brace of previous albums hinted at genre-defying transcendence, Obrigado Saudade attains it. [Mar 2004, p.107]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A series of serene and sensuous treasures rich in texture and laden with rapturous instrumental hooks.
  12. A decidedly pleasant listening experience, if not an altogether important one.
  13. 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.

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