User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

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  1. davem
    Oct 6, 2006
    8
    Solid album, see them live, it's fantastic.
  2. coolerstillr.muckfluck
    Feb 6, 2006
    4
    yeah...not quite. no.
  3. kurtt
    Mar 5, 2006
    9
    I personally find it quite refreshing and I love how the album has a whispy unity that works as a whole. It really has grown on me!!!
  4. ldavidson
    Nov 16, 2005
    7
    Good but a little boring in spots.
  5. TaylorE
    Nov 22, 2005
    9
    These guys are awesome. The CD is a bit boring in parts, but I don't give, I don't have ADD or anything. Plus, they're essentially an instrumental branch of my favourite band, The Arcade Fire
  6. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    9
    very excellent orchestral post rock. easier to listen to in one sitting than godspeed and its nice to see something really deeply musically talented coming from a member of arcade fire. let's just hope he is just as good in Islands
  7. RaphaelA
    Nov 22, 2005
    9
    This score reflects the fact that I listened to the album after hearing them live. They are fantastic live.
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Whether the album achieves its titular synesthesia is debatable, but Bell Orchestre tap into a wide, mesmerizing range of the spectrum.
  2. At its best, Recording a Tape still sounds like little more than the product of a few precocious marching-band dropouts, an empty warehouse, and good intentions.
  3. Bell Orchestre don't always make good on their ambitions, but the results are often excellent, despite (and usually because of) their sloppiness.