R.I.P. - Actress
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  • Summary: Darren Cunningham's latest album as Actress was partially inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Apr 27, 2012
    To call it album of the year at this stage wouldn't so much be pre-emption as an actual understatement.
  2. Apr 23, 2012
    'R.I.P.' is both an update on the bass explorations of restless Britain and perhaps a timeless thesaurus of blistered tones and ideas that younger producers will beg, borrow and steal from for years to come.
  3. May 9, 2012
    The majority of the album places Actress closer to the superbly creative, evocative, and mind-altering terrain inhabited by Oneohtrix Point Never, with detectable traces of early-'80s Roedelius and Moebius, as well as Autechre.
  4. Apr 25, 2012
    The seemingly strange power that Actress has is to disorient the listener (i.e., the visceral shock accompanying the tonally maximal "Shadow From Tartarus"), though this contrast mostly allows for R.I.P.'s intricate and detailed beauty to thrive just beneath the cracks.
  5. 80
    Now that the percussive elements are conspicuously absent, however, Actress requires a more thorough listen–and those that give it full attention will be rewarded with layers upon
  6. Jun 15, 2012
    It's the sound of a DJ just getting started after everyone's gone home.
  7. Splazsh's followup simply doesn't hold the same tension or drive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    Another example of Metacritic's odd weighted means. An album which is game changing for EDM and getting critically acclaimed and Metacritic's score is 72? I had to make an account to try to off balance that. This is an amazing diverse album that reveals it's layers in repeated listens. There is a narrative that runs through it and it's amazing to see how even minimal music can reveal complex design. It will be interesting to see how this score changes as more reviews come in Collapse
  2. Jul 7, 2013
    Darren Cunningham's music as Actress has been a microscope of increasing strength. Starting with a broad purview of dubstep/techno, he has zoomed in on the beats to the point where he is looking at single pixels R.I.P is inscrutably close, with only brief snatches of the familiar, leaving you adrift in space, connected to the music by the slightest gossamer strand. What is frustratingly out of reach at first becomes cherished the further you are willing to explore. Expand
  3. May 12, 2012
    It is different...i will give it that but unfortunately not for the better. Its meandering but goes nowhere. Its sigur ros without the brilliant music. I wanted so to like it but there is nothing there. Expand