Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Nov 4, 2011
    100
    It's unlike anything else in Lopatin's discography, not just a bold step sideways, but something like an epistemological break from an artist whose work increasingly bears the weight of something like hegemony.
  2. Chugging, grinding, crackling, swelling, bubbling, babbling, these tracks don't sound like part of the natural world, but they do sound cognizant of the natural world.
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    90
    There's a dose of the otherworldly in these evocative tracks, but laced, in all but a few cases, with recognizable bits of ordinary life.
  4. Nov 9, 2011
    90
    That ability to present such harnessed disarray through fresh and exciting music makes Replica a compelling listen from start to finish and a brilliant new direction for Oneohtrix Point Never's sound.
  5. With a heavier reliance on piano and this newer emphasis on these samples, it's an astounding achievement in a young career already marked by solid works.
  6. Nov 11, 2011
    88
    This is music that digs deeper and burrows beneath the level of shared associations to discover the sparkling emotional potential of carefully arranged vibrations moving through the air.
  7. Nov 22, 2011
    82
    On the surface, Replica's focus on the measured emergence of harmony seems to capture a bit of the modern struggle to find some sense amidst a constant bombardment of careless repetitions, to uncover a beautiful pattern in the digital noise of the everyday.
  8. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    Simultaneously beautiful and unsettling, it moves from stuttering rhythms of ghost vocals and music loops to immersive multi-layered waves of digital polyphony. [Dec. 2011 p. 99]
  9. 80
    Following on from a confusing but rewarding double-disc anthology, 'Rifts', in 2009 and the sublime space scapes of 'Returnal' in 2010, 'Replica' is a rallying call for people who don't see synthesisers purely as objects of retro-fetishism, but rather as agents of future creative potential.
  10. Dec 13, 2011
    80
    Part of Lopatin's considerable appeal is his apparent refusal to settle.
  11. Dec 6, 2011
    80
    He spins an engrossing narrative in short spans of time, packing songs with layers that are felt when they're not immediately perceived. [Nov 2011, p.63]
  12. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    The voices on Oneohtrix Point Never's new album, Replica , were sampled from 1980s television commercials, an amusing sidelight for an album that is anything but crass and insistent (despite a track called "Power of Persuasion").
  13. Nov 22, 2011
    80
    Drone lives and dies by its inviolability and rigidity, but Lopatin throws that away in favor of something madder, weirder and altogether more enticing.
  14. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    It's another brilliant album from one of the genre's foremost artists.
  15. Nov 9, 2011
    80
    Oneohtrix Point Never has gone further than most, especially with Replica, in proving that our heritage doesn't always need to be "rehashed" to be replicated with real style.
  16. 80
    Replica catches Lopatin at the peak of his powers, realizing his esoteric vision with a newfound brazenness, clearly helped along by the success of his recent work with future-pop outfit Games/Ford & Lopatin.
  17. Nov 8, 2011
    80
    It's rare that that source material is specifically evident while listening; at best it functions on a more energetic, subconscious level, making the typically nebulous sonic nostalgia of the chillwave/hypnagogic pop movement.
  18. 80
    By turns eerie and starkly beautiful, Replica rewards repeated listening.
  19. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    It makes for a fascinating addition to the already-extensive OPN catalogue.
  20. Nov 4, 2011
    80
    Replica recognises the value of disenfranchised pasts, but redesigns our barely-there reminiscences to imbue a singular vision with the subliminal effects of the lost.
  21. Nov 4, 2011
    80
    Put simply, nobody else could make music quite like this, no matter which part of the electronic fringe they might call home. Daniel Lopatin is in the zone.
  22. Nov 4, 2011
    80
    Both lyrical and hypnotic, Replica serves as a deeply romantic testament to the possibilities 
of life in the Cloud.
  23. Dec 6, 2011
    75
    Its great strength and most beguiling feature is its ability to sand spiky textures down into soothing ones, and to transform the anodyne into the anxiety-inducing, simply through repetition.
  24. Nov 11, 2011
    75
    It does two things that disparate types of electronic music do, and manages to bridge the gap between ambience and glitch so seemlessly they feel much closer than you might have first thought.
  25. Nov 11, 2011
    74
    With Replica, synth-dreamer Daniel Lopatin heads into the Mexican Summer studio to create something more expansive than some of his recent CD-R efforts, and less of the distorto-R&B pop he created with Joel Ford on Channel Pressure.
  26. Jan 20, 2012
    70
    Take off your thinking cap, and Replica reveals mostly pleasant, mellow ambient jams.
  27. Dec 15, 2011
    70
    On Replica, Oneohtrix Point Never creates a sonic mélange composed largely of '80s refuse, but it's so lacking in recognizable reference points that it precludes retro sample-spotting and wistful nostalgia alike; but it's a fascinating listen in its own right.
  28. Nov 21, 2011
    70
    [Lopatin] knows how to integrate plangent tones with somber piano chords to give the title track a plaintive, wistful quality, making sure to throw enough glitch in so that it doesn't get stranded on Windham Hill. [#82, p.59]
  29. Nov 9, 2011
    70
    Building shifting ambient electronic compositions, there's no easy way into his world and Replica is a brooding testament to patience and investment.
  30. Nov 23, 2011
    60
    Replica feels less dreamy, more disquieting. [Dec 2011, p.92]
  31. Nov 4, 2011
    60
    If Replica occasionally drifts--literally–-too close to the whiffy bongs and flotation tanks of 90s chillout, it's never predictable, and is best experienced in a continuous sitting.
  32. Nov 9, 2011
    50
    There are moments of minor success (mostly in the first half), but these are moments that rely the least on samples, retracing some of Returnal's dark, boundless, ambient journeys. [Oct. 2011, p. 113]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 1, 2013
    9
    At first, a harsh, slashing cascade of looping sound seeming to bubble up from a sea of warm synth tones. No album without words will ever give you the same chilling feel that Replica achieves. Piano and glitchy fragments collide like nothing ever before, and probably anything we will ever see. It's like wiring your brain into a broken circuit board, with audible arcs of electricity zapping throughout. If you haven't yet, give Replica a listen. Then listen to it again, and again. If it doesn't grow on you, take a walk through the woods with the title track, listen to Child Soldier with your favorite audio visualizer, and close your eyes and imagine the lush soundscape of Andro. This is a dense, beautiful testament to it's genre, and music itself. Full Review »
  2. May 15, 2012
    10
    Most important minimalist (not really) / experimental / noise album since the Disintegration Loops. But if you're reading this you probably already know that. Full Review »
  3. Apr 10, 2013
    9
    A beautiful album, it can make for interesting dream experiences if you fall asleep with it on. Child Soldier is brilliant. His best album so far, check it out. Full Review »