User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 51
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 51
  3. Negative: 3 out of 51

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  1. Jan 8, 2014
    10
    This is what you call a masterpiece of music, seriously. The song "Come Down To Us" actually moved me like no other song ever has moved me before. The best thing about Burials music if you ask me? It get's better each time you hear it. Just be sure to hear it with the best music system you got, because you'll want to hear every little aspect and bass, because only then it reaches its perfection it is intended to have. Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    10
    A masterpiece. I'm a huge Burial fan, ever since discovering Untrue in 2007. While I've loved everything he's done, this one has blown my expectations up, and re-set everything I thought I could expect him. Simply a mind-blowing EP. Who even knows where he'll go from here. I for one can't wait to find out.
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    10
    This EP was much better then the last one. It will make you swoon. It creates the most amazing imagery in my head. I can't believe they keep doing what they do so well.
  4. Dec 17, 2013
    9
    Burial's production has never been heard and the abstract element he inducts is unmatched. This is risky because he has used the same style for a while. However Rival Dealer just switches up every EP/LP and with another stellar sound created, this is by far his most ambitious work since the criticially acclaimed Untrue. He has given us an amazing Christmas gift and will be remember in years to come. Definitely a sleeper album. 9/10 Expand
  5. Dec 17, 2013
    9
    Burial continues giving us epic mini masterpieces, in Rival Dealer he expands his sound through landscapes of honesty, human rights and life problems 'You are not alone'. He now has a message for our ears and that message is to believe in ourselves.
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    10
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  7. Jan 7, 2014
    9
    Burial's newest EP "Rival Dealer" is yet another cataclysmic entry to the electronic music world. With haunting vocal samples and eerie melodic leads, Rival Dealer brings a melodramatic escape to the EP's atmosphere. With a running time of just about 28 minutes, we hear some old sounds used in some of his previous work that make a nostalgic return. A standout in Rival Dealer, or in most of Burial's recent work, is his masterful transitioning within his 10+ minute songs. The switch up's from heavy bass to soothing pieces work in a way that keeps you attached and interested the entire time. Which makes it some of Burial's most endeavoring work released to date. Expand
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    Rival Dealer constitutes Burial's boldest statement to date. [Feb 2014, p.44]
  2. Jan 15, 2014
    75
    This more cerebral music is interesting and challenging, but it is missing some of immediacy of his earlier work.
  3. 80
    It’s the sound of something--or someone--rumbling to the surface, about to erupt.