RUOK? - Meat Beat Manifesto
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. From the first few minutes of RUOK?, it's clear he's begun another shift, from the dense sampladelic dance of Actual Sounds + Voices to a sparse, haunted style that leaves much to the imagination but still displays acres of production prowess.
  2. 80
    Manages to be simultaneously more minimal and more menacing. [Nov 2002, p.79]
  3. 80
    Little on RUOK possesses commercial cache, but what is that against a career-defining turn? [Nov 2002, p.96]
  4. A raging slab of beats and sick samples accruing at a rate that may well cause motion sickness. [Dec 2002, p.86]
  5. The disc is an absorbing listen, and a crucial weapon in any battle for subwoofer supremacy, but as far as generating an emotional response is concerned, it pretty much flatlines.
  6. 70
    Moments of greater emotional color might have turned what is an exemplary post-breaks exploration by a master into something brilliant.
  7. 70
    A hugely inventive collection. [Jan 2003, p.119]
  8. RUOK? sees Dangers with his abilities at their fullest, but with aspirations in a less interesting direction.
  9. While the beats and programming are done well, much of it simply seems like slight variations on tracks that he's already done.
  10. No longer ahead of his time, he has a deft enough touch to keep irrelevance at bay. [Jan 2003, p.120]
  11. 40
    An utterly competent album that's devoid of politics, not to mention any genuinely exciting studio ideas. [#11, p.136]
  12. MBM's wholehearted embracing of the familiar is stronger than ever, erasing any freshness or innovation, and cancelling out all distinguishing features. [#226, p.72]
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  1. Jason
    Dec 11, 2004
    3
    His weakest effort yet. As previously stated, utterly competent and almost painfully boring. Gone are really any of the elements that made His weakest effort yet. As previously stated, utterly competent and almost painfully boring. Gone are really any of the elements that made previous albums spectacular. Machines on autopilot. In Dub is a step in the right direction.. Full Review »