Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 21, 2013
    90
    It's safe to call Outside CFCF's magnum opus; it's an immaculate zenith that represents every brave, leftfield musical choice this young musician has made up until this point.
  2. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    Its music delivered with an understated, glacial splendour. [Jan 2014, p.97]
  3. Dec 3, 2013
    80
    It’s well worth the journey.
  4. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    Silver’s a markedly better songwriter on Outside than on Continent, more adept pacing and structure, more keen on crafting variegated moods and atmospheres. But Continent’s strength was its insistent hip-hop thump, which is largely lacking on Outside.
  5. 67
    While the rest of Outside may not deliver in such a manner [as “A Forest at Night”], it still showcases one of North America’s more unique and talented producers on his own terms.
  6. Oct 21, 2013
    67
    The shadows its shape casts may not always create flattering silhouettes, but there's both comfort and anticipation to be found in knowing that Silver's constantly tweaking the lighting.
  7. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    It's all very melancholy and mysterious, as you'd imagine, but the production has a pleasingly seductive, 12st-century sheen. [Dec 2013, p.103]
  8. Oct 29, 2013
    60
    Ambient ebb and flow aside, vocals and synth/guitar motifs show Outside as a pp record, while a darkly urgent cover of Bonnie "Prince" Billy's "Strange Form Of Life" provides unexpected topspin. [Nov 2013, p.67]
  9. Oct 21, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, without much to grasp onto in terms of tunes, hooks or discernible lyrics CFCF can slink away into the territory of background music, albeit prettily and inoffensively.
  10. Oct 21, 2013
    60
    Ultimately, Outside's exercises in nostalgia are pretty, smooth, and inoffensive, but not nearly as interesting as CFCF's debut album or the EPs that followed it.
  11. Oct 21, 2013
    60
    Silver may believe in the changeless beauty of his art, but he doesn’t quite succeed in convincing the rest of us.
  12. 60
    It's a well-assembled album, and the steady trance-like flow of 'The Forest At Night', and the eiderdown of sound on 'Transcend' are absorbing.
  13. Jan 13, 2014
    40
    It’s tranquil, amiable and very familiar.
  14. Oct 21, 2013
    40
    Some may find something deep and spiritual amongst the cuts on Outside, but it just makes this reviewer want to stay indoors.
  15. 40
    Outside sounds exactly like the repetitive spinning wheels on a bus (going ’round and ’round) and causes you to become restless and slightly angry of its lack of forward movement.

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