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Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the full-length debut for French techno artist and DJ Pascal Arbez-Nicolas, best known for his 2001 single "La Rock 01" (which is included here).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. What makes OK Cowboy worthwhile is not a greater emphasis on the chilly tones that made Vitalic’s initial singles so impressive and characterized some of his savage DJ sets, but the demonstration of a surprising degree of variety and even humanity within those seemingly narrow colonnades of rising and whiplash synths over soulless, mechanical drums.
  2. This is an album that leaves you in absolutely no doubt that, at the very least, Pascal Arbez-Nicolas is the best thing to come out of France since Daft Punk. [30 Apr 2005, p.63]
  3. Beyond the grooves etched in this record, what is most exciting is the ease with which Arbez brushes aside the canon of 90s giants.
  4. Listening to it from start to finish is so bracing it's overwhelming; it sounds like what it would feel like to drink six cups of black coffee chased down with a bucket of ice water.
  5. 80
    Arbez not only shatters the risible notion that dance music is currently unwell, he also presents thrilling new ways of approaching pop, folk and rock'n'roll. [May 2005, p.100]
  6. 80
    You could buy this album just for "Poney Part 1," and really, it'd be worth it. [Jun 2005, p.81]
  7. Sound[s] like out-takes from [Daft Punk's] Discovery. [Jun 2005, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. CramerC
    Jul 28, 2006
    10
    so deeply high!
  2. susanab
    Aug 10, 2005
    10
    great ! best ever
  3. NeightA
    Mar 12, 2006
    10
    Good enough to inspire me to tell you guys about it. I loved it the first time I listened to it, and I can't stop.
  4. IanO
    Jun 1, 2005
    9
    Outstanding stuff. You just know he's French from the first listen. Evokes robotic bliss. You just can't stop tapping out those beats.
  5. rastah
    Apr 12, 2006
    9
    Very artisticly expressed techno sound. Really something alternative in the eletronic scene. It even gets better with every listening session.
  6. nakios
    Jun 25, 2005
    9
    great!
  7. PhilJ
    Jul 17, 2006
    0
    Seriously overrated. Uninspired, boring and annoyingly cheesy. Astonished at how much attention this has received. Matmos and Isolee

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