Parallax - Atlas Sound
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  • Summary: The third studio album under the Atlas Sound name was produced by Bradford Cox himself and Nicholas Vernhes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    91
    It's a brilliant feat: to make a record about distance, Cox has written the most effortlessly approachable music of his career.
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    90
    It's a fitting conclusion to a near perfect album that finds an artist expanding his musical palate without sacrificing an ounce of himself in the process.
  3. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    It's a quietly satisfying album with a determined fragility that makes it all the more moving.
  4. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    It's a record best consumed in a semi-recumbent position, in order to match the loping, laidback pace of the music and Cox's stoned, oak-aged vocals. [Dec. 2011 p. 99]
  5. As his catalogue continues to accumulate faster than just about every other artist out there, you can feel him growing more confident in himself and the ideas he bases his music on. Parallax can't help but feel like a win for this cause because it symbolizes growth more than out-and-out excellence.
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    70
    After the impulsive creativity of Logos, Parallax, by contrast, is a much more refined listen.
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    Parallax, unrealised masterpiece or not, sounds like the man in his bedroom with a thousand songs to leave unexplained.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    The boy is on a roll of releases with Parallax being the absolute peak. Cox really has come into his own by letting his vocals take front seat on this record, as opposed to the ethereal dreamscapes of Logos. Expand
  2. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    Parallax not only allows you into the deep, emotional croon of Bradford Cox's latest ambition; no, it also allows you to feel, taste, imagine. His dreamy soundscapes, catchy acoustic **** and punchy choruses captivate you and don't let go. Cox only gets better with age. This album is much more guitar oriented than Logos, and that is a good thing. Logos is great, Parallax is amazing. Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    10
    Great album, I love Deerhunter and when I saw Bradford Cox had released a new album with his side project Atlas Sound I got very interested in hearing it. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2011
    8
    The new album of the Deerhunter front-man, Bradford Cox, known as Atlas Sound, differs from the music of his Rock band. As he describes it, this album is more lonely (you can especially see this in the track "Terra Incognita"), no load guitars are with him or drums setting the rhythm (but you will find a delicate percussion). However this is not a sad album: tracks such as "Mona Lisa" and "Te Amo" (which means "I love you" in Spanish) cheer up the atmosphere of this brilliant record. His voice is in most of the song the prominent sound, and really nice arrangements join him. "Parallax" turns out to be a record to relax and take your mind away for some minutes. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    8
    Parallax by Atlas Sound aka Bradford Cox aka the-man-fronting-Deerhunter comes as a nice surprise. I expected a neurotic record of ambient and loudness (just think of Quick Canal featuring Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab from 2009 terrific Logos) from the über-prolific musician but no. Instead, Mr. Cox presented us with twelve croons, equally charming and hypnotic. Oh, and his best yet. Atlas Sound may finally feel at ease with himself but the truth lies much deeper. As usually, Bradford sings mostly about Bradford (and his demons). But Parallax is listed as â Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2011
    7
    The music is both melodic and refreshing. Strangely, during "Te Amo," I can imagine myself walking through Zoras Domain from the video game Ocarina of Time. "Mona Lisa" has such a lovely part that has a feel of The Arcade Fire. Unfortunately, some songs have vocals that don't match the beauty of the other instruments. These songs can have the feel of blending into each other. Expand
  7. Nov 21, 2011
    2
    Shallow melodies, beats that date back to the 60, ABSOLUTELY nothing original in the lyrics, copy of a copy of a mediocre album made by some crappy band in the early 70. As for the voice, it sounds like the singer acidentally sniffed a bit too much of his nail polish and then passed it to the rest of the band. That aint no music. Expand

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