Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. Sep 24, 2012
    Occupied with the Unspoken is a headphone trip that ultimately proves to be an enjoyable listen in spite of the complexity of its craftsmanship.
  2. Jul 30, 2012
    Occupied With the Unspoken can be challenging and obtuse. It can also unrepentently beautiful. And, at its best, it's both.
  3. Jul 27, 2012
    The group's atypical instrumentation and inventive use thereof results in captivating if mercurial waves of sound and a listening experience that reveals its complex nature as it goes on.
  4. Magnet
    Jul 27, 2012
    Occupied With the Unspoken plays as a chopped and staggered descendant of Fripp & Eno's Evening star, whose beauty is buried beneath a thicket of alien noises and reverb. [#89, p.54]
  5. Overall, their 2010 self-titled CD remains the best starting point for new listeners, but Occupied With The Unspoken nonetheless makes for a fine addition to the Thrill Jockey catalog.
  6. The Wire
    Aug 2, 2012
    The four tracks on Occupied With the Unspoken, each lasting less then ten minutes, are edited in Carlson's basement studio from much longer live jams--but it's tempting to see them as single facets of the one true eternal synth jam. [Jul 2012, p.57]
  7. Jul 27, 2012
    Most of Occupied with the Unspoken works like a well-executed indie film score: evocative, exigent and with purpose.
  8. Under The Radar
    Aug 22, 2012
    This is an intelligent, sometimes daring album that manages to convey a great deal of emotion and will surprise even the most skeptical listener. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.124]
  9. Jul 27, 2012
    In a live setting, this type of give-and-take could pay off, like an electro take on free jazz, but as it's presented here not only is it unspoken, it's unintelligible.

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