Parodia Flare - Tropics
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  • Summary: British electronic producer Chris Ward releases his debut album as Tropics.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    An understated treat. [Nov 2011, p.103]
  2. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    That Ward succeeds so well in capturing something akin to escapism while keeping things engaging enough to bypass passivity is perhaps the album's greatest strength.
  3. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    It's a pleasant, head-nodding mood record which deftly pieces together a wash of sound; but the best moments are when there's a defining thread to follow.
  4. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    There's a lot going on and while he never rises to anything as wakeful as a melody or a solid riff, there's still a satisfying level of control that keeps him two steps away from the minimalism plus heavy effects tendency of similar acts. [Oct 2011, p.65]
  5. Dec 5, 2011
    67
    Ward's real saving grace on Parodia Flare is the guitar, which he utilizes in unexpectedly welcome ways to propel his compositions, keeping them from dissolving into murky keyboard washes.
  6. Dec 5, 2011
    60
    Tropics' debut album stands its ground as a promising start for an artist still figuring out exactly what he wants to say.