Par Avion - Xeno & Oaklander
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 26, 2014
    80
    Surprises are few on the pair's excellent fourth album Par Avion. [Sep 2014, p.81]
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    80
    It's elegant and pristine, a febrile flutter of rhythms, glinting sequences and pale, shimmering backdrops. [Jul 2014, p.51]
  3. Jul 15, 2014
    80
    At once hookier and more abstract than some of X&O's previous albums, Par Avion is another subtle step forward for the duo that should please longtime fans and win new ones.
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    60
    At times--as on Providence or Interface--the music takes a serious tinge. [Sep 2014, p.117]
  5. Jul 15, 2014
    60
    The synths are always used imaginately, forming an intricately shifting mosaic structure on Sheen. [Aug 2014, p.91]
  6. Jul 15, 2014
    60
    "Nuage d'Ivoire" is one of Par Avion's highlights, while some slower pieces, like "Reflections," seem to drag on a bit.
  7. Jul 15, 2014
    50
    If Par Avion wasn't so clearly aiming for the cheap seats with its ideas, it would be easier to forgive its flaws and just appreciate how great these synthesisers sound, how stunningly they're utilised.

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