Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never
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  • Summary: The sixth album for Brooklyn-based electronic artist Daniel Lopatin utilizes samples of 1980's commercials.
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2011
    9
    Score: 9.1/10 A very experimental and glitchy piece of ambient influenced music. This album is rich in texture and very thought provoking. From just looking at the album cover you can feel pain, and self-hate. The music only further takes you into these feelings, expanding on them even without the use of lyrics. This is a very hard trick to pull, and this album did it superbly through most of its length. Each track gives you glimpses of feelings, jumping in and out sometimes and dragging out in other cases. It all sums up to an end where a man can no longer see himself. This album is very reminiscent of DJ Shadow's 'Endrtoducing' in sound, but features very little in the way of Hip-hop influence. All in all I would sum this up as an incredibly strong piece of experimental work. Not all the experimentations were a success, at times in this album they can be slightly irritating, but the sense of atmosphere is truly tragic and that alone makes this album worth owning. Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2011
    8
    You have to be really skilled to take a bunch of the â
  6. Nov 24, 2011
    8
    album with a great concept ( â
  7. Apr 11, 2012
    1
    A la fin d'en faire trop autour de ces groupes, certains croient qu'il font de grands albums. Malheureusement ici on s'ennuie du début à la fin, on le sait déjà ce genre d'album sera oublié quelques mois après. D'ailleurs c'est déjà fait. Expand