Ritual Union - Little Dragon
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  • Summary: The Swedish foursome release a third album of experimental electro-pop.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jul 21, 2011
    100
    Though consistently ground-breaking and lyrically challenging, Ritual Union never feels like hard work.
  2. 83
    It's ambient R&B for restless nights. [29 Jul 2011, p.72]
  3. Jul 14, 2011
    80
    As the album withdraws from the dancefloor to the lonelier darkness of Summertearz and Seconds, Nagano lures you to follow.
  4. Nov 22, 2011
    80
    Ritual Union feels like the point at which Little Dragon's lyrical stride finally gets in step with their musical ambition. [Aug. 2011, p. 93]
  5. Jul 25, 2011
    78
    Though captivating siren Yukimi Nagano needs to turn it loose…watch out once she does.
  6. Jul 13, 2011
    70
    Little Dragon's third full-length deepens the group's down-tempo mix of icy techno and smoldering R&B.
  7. 40
    In summation, for a band that received little limelight in the beginning, Little Dragon showed immense talent and work ethic to earn their keep in the world. Our question is this: Where were those two items when recording Ritual Union?

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    8
    Really solid album that starts off with a hell of a bang and doesn't let go until it's over. I would say it's their best and not even really all that close. Shuffle A Dream is one of the greatest songs that's come out of any genre in years. Please Turn is amazing as well, hell all of the tracks are. Expand
  2. j30
    Aug 11, 2011
    5
    I was a bit disappointed in this album. After hearing Little Dragon's contributions to Gorillaz (best song on the album, Empire Antz) and Maximum Balloon (If You Return) you'd expect something a bit more fresh. I really wanted to like this album and I'm still interested to hear where they go from here. All in all it's just meh. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2011
    4
    The first track is good but all of the rest of the album is just noise. Pity they couldn't repeat the first track over the rest of the album. Speaking about that good first track...its awful to watch on studio live versions as the vocal distortions dont work live. Expand