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.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 20 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 »