Out From Out Where

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The focus on a single mood occasionally threatens to lead only to a creative dead-end, but Out from Out Where arguably betters its successors by coming together as a single work.
  2. Tobin's definitely out to have some fun with this record, though the immense density of these soundscapes prevent them from being reduced to chop-shop filler.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    He's constantly finding new ways to micro-manage rhythm without losing the beat. [Listen 2 This supplement, 11/2002, p.15]
  4. Like listening to DJ Shadow after vast amounts of Angel Dust, 'Out Of Nowhere' is a sonic Hall Of Mirrors that bulges and bristles with restless inventiveness and illustrates an impressive attention to detail.
  5. Blender
    80
    Taking sound collage to seamless, organic perfection, Tobin arranges his samples like he's conducting a living orchestra. [#11, p.144]
  6. The Wire
    80
    A slippery, shape-shifting quality is one of the great strengths of Amon Tobin's sixth album. Plainly put, Out From Out Where is impossible to pin down. [#226, p.67]
  7. [A] decisive step in a darker, weirder direction.
  8. Probably his most varied release yet.
  9. The album maintains a consistency that was sorely lacking on Amon Tobin’s previous records. However, in doing so, the album sacrifices the innovation and uncontrolled experimentalism one expects from Tobin.
  10. Mixer
    70
    Admittedly, the album drags in parts, but Out Where is still a success. [Oct 2002, p.88]
  11. Urb
    70
    A wonderfully challenging album like its three predecessors. [Oct 2002, p.98]
  12. Q Magazine
    70
    It's claustrophobic, neurotic and occasionally nightmarish. [Jan 2003, p.119]
  13. Out Where suffers from heightened expectations and, strangely enough, predictable ingenuity.
  14. But for all its diligent progressivism, Out From Out Where collapses under its own weight, sounding every bit as stubborn and hermetic as Autechre's infamous Confield.
  15. Uncut
    40
    There's little on OFOW that he hasn't done already. [Nov 2002, p.128]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. ScynneP
    Aug 7, 2006
    10
    This is without doubt his best work. He has done an axcellent job of using sub-bass sounds to give it a feel almost as much as a sound.
  2. GoldfishFReund
    Jan 1, 2003
    10
    the sounds are so intense. the mix of subtle melodic lines blended wih split drum hits everywhere just makes you want to go crazy. All the sounds are so intense. the mix of subtle melodic lines blended wih split drum hits everywhere just makes you want to go crazy. All tension and building within this album is worth it alone! In this new he even leaves hyper drumming once and a while and insert them with baked up synth sounds that move sooooo good. highly suggested! check his other albums Full Review »
  3. MatthiasD
    Nov 6, 2002
    10
    bought the album today.. woah! some critics say that amon must have had a bad day when writing this album (because of the melancholic bought the album today.. woah! some critics say that amon must have had a bad day when writing this album (because of the melancholic style).. damn. he's had the best days ever when producing this awesome album. can't find that kind of stuff anywhere else. amon plays his own game! excellent! Full Review »