Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    In all, it represents a beautiful set of ambience from one of the form's masters.
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    50
    Four months later comes this follow-up EP, Panic of Looking, showing off the same arcane package of circumstantial synthesizer jitters banging against a bunch of I-get-this-poem-and-you-don't kind of prose.
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    59
    If all of this sounds more geared toward Eno completists and poetry fans than the general listener, that's about right.
  4. Dec 8, 2011
    60
    As an EP running at about 16 and a half minutes, Panic of Looking's brevity acts as a drawback; just as you're beginning to really soak it in, the EP suddenly reaches its conclusion.
  5. Nov 11, 2011
    40
    Yes these notes may occasionally be pretty, and delicate, but for that kind of money you expect something spectacular and groundbreaking, something either heart-wrenching or extravagantly euphoric. What you really have is a record with all the spirit of Microsoft Excel.
  6. 80
    This music is mysterious and spectral. It's quite unshakeable.
  7. Nov 14, 2011
    75
    In Panic of Looking, he keeps speech in the realm of analog, not digital, and still makes it into music.
  8. Jan 6, 2012
    50
    This EP still feels like a small plate of leftovers from a meal that promised more than it delivered, as though Wolfgang Puck was on the can, not in the kitchen.
  9. Nov 11, 2011
    70
    It attempts to create a context of isolation from all that, an aquarium-like zone of contemplation, in which audiovisual detail can be savoured, in stillness and without fear of missing out for a few seconds on the relentless info-stream of modern life.
  10. Nov 16, 2011
    50
    Though Eno is adequate, moments where he takes over the collaboration (such as on "West Bay" and "Watch a Single Swallow . . . ") are too under-nourished and ponderous to suggest that he's giving us something new.
  11. Dec 20, 2011
    70
    Eno appreciators who maintain a sense of trust in everything he does will definitely want to add this to their collection.

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