Pacifica - The Presets
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 80
    From word one to the closing synth note signifying The End, Pacifica is a literary and musical sensation worthy of true scholarly attention.
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    While the murky atmosphere and late-night pulse of songs like "Push" and "Fast Seconds," might not immediately scream fun, there's something undeniably engaging about them.
  3. Oct 14, 2013
    60
    It can feel on occasion like being rhythmically walloped round the head with a history book, but when Hamilton properly locks into the immediacy of his and Kim Moyes's immense electronic grooves, its undeniably powerful. [Nov 2013, p.114]
  4. Oct 14, 2013
    60
    While debut ‘Beams’ was a bubbling, unpredictable electronic masterpiece, second album ‘Apocalypso’ was a dancefloor smashing, out-Fischerspoonering affair, Pacifica stands as a wildly temperamental compromise between those two drunk on a peculiar addiction to mainstream action.
  5. Oct 14, 2013
    60
    Across Six Leap Years serves the weirdest of purposes, pleasing (presumably) both band and fans. Many of these reworks are so slightly different as to possibly only truly satisfy the former, but no matter.
  6. Oct 14, 2013
    50
    There's no denying the monstrous likes of "AO" and "Fast Seconds" are well constructed, but they're little more than assemblages of over-familiar parts. [Nov 2013, p.78]
  7. 50
    It’s not awful, just bland, and lacks the bite that electro-pop records need to be lifted out of the purgatory that is mediocrity.
  8. Sep 17, 2012
    50
    It's a perfectly satisfactory album, but save for one or two moments of brilliance, there's nothing here that will keep you coming back for more.
  9. Sep 17, 2012
    36
    If listening to sentimental techno ballads about giving up the days of tits and cocaine is what you want to do with an hour of your time, look no further.
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  1. Dec 9, 2012
    9
    The album is very enjoyable and easy to listen to with particular stand out songs being Ghosts, Promises and Fall. If you enjoyed their previous albums I would definitely give this a listen. Full Review »