• Record Label: Hotflush
  • Release Date: Mar 6, 2012
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    81
    It's bound to ruffle feathers and turn off old fans, and in a way, going so outright "pop" is one of the gutsiest, risky things a pillar of the scene like Scuba could have done.
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    A snapshot of the music driving Europe's cooler clubs. [Apr 2012, p.91]
  3. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    The exhilarating collision of muscular breakbeats and ripe trance synths makes this one of the most enjoyable dance albums in recent memory. [Apr 2012, p.84]
  4. Mar 1, 2012
    80
    Although the majority of the record is devoted more to synths and vocals than to beats and bass, the sound of Personality speaks loud and clear.
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    The simple wallops that make up most of Personality suit him surprisingly well.
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    A hodgepodge LP bound skillfully by the starry-eyed aestheticism he's become so fond of lately.
  7. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    While the bold brush strokes of Personality may alienate some hardened purists, it may just turn out to be the defining release of Scuba's career.
  8. 75
    Although there's still a menacing pulse to be found, anything constituting traditional dubstep is largely forgone.
  9. Feb 27, 2012
    75
    Personality is less a cohesive statement than a scattered reflection of the experimental process that's come to define Scuba's output in the new decade.
  10. While Personality is worthy of praise for its feverous energy and detailed, hot-iron arrangements, there isn't a lot to make the album really stick.
  11. 70
    With synths that convey the techno side behind Scuba's music, Rose allows the songs to flow within each other by way of carefully-placed transitions. There's a strong ear for melody and a terrific depiction of the sunny summer month.
  12. Mar 8, 2012
    70
    Brimming with standalones ... but it sometimes feel[s] more like a collection of songs than a singularly-minded and cohesive album.
  13. 70
    Personality's not a start-to-finish winner like Glass Swords was, but it's refreshing and gratifying to hear Scuba step out from the shadow of the Berghain and dreary discussions of the "dubstep-techno crossover", and start to release some music that sounds like it was fun to make.
  14. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    As a standalone listen this is an interesting development of the stylistic restlessness that's driven Rose's progress so far.
  15. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    Personality comes off as expert techno done in a peculiarly conservative manner, an unadorned but sturdy tugboat floating amongst dubstep's rising tsunami.
  16. 70
    Personality, his third album, conforms to type, while confounding expectation.
  17. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    Personality is not quite the dancefloor-igniting record that was expected, though nor is it a mere rehash of previous work – it is the sound of Rose exploring a variety of styles without successfully nailing any of them.
  18. 60
    This is just a starting point, but it's obvious he's found his footing.
  19. Feb 29, 2012
    60
    It's an important album for Scuba, as a means of transition, of mastering his new craft. It's just not a terribly important album for the rest of us.
  20. Jul 12, 2012
    50
    Personality plays like a compendium of Rose's artistic influences retranslated in his own style. Yet the variety appears to come at the expense of real depth in these productions.

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