Scintilli - Plaid
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    The cascading ping and pop of 35 Summers and arpeggiated digital melancholy of Unbank is evidence of Plaid's empathy with this most beguiling of music forms. [Nov 2011, p.103]
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    Over a distant wash of keyboards chords, Plaid create a multilayered drift of what sounds like piano and tuned percussion notes. The effect is, literally, scintillating.
  3. Nov 9, 2011
    70
    Scintilli's pieces are as varied as ever, but carefully drawn, like working on separate days with blowtorch-on-metal or in purple and blue oils. [Oct. 2011, p. 113]
  4. Sep 27, 2011
    70
    Plaid's sixth proper studio album, Scintilli, is hard to place stylistically, but nonetheless offers plenty of enjoyable head-scratching moments, along with a straight-up tune or two.
  5. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    They've managed an interesting blend of that style with the free-form structures of film soundtracking, the results of which are intriguing although rarely crucial.
  6. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    Here they've created a retro cinema soundtrack to an '80s sci-fi romance.
  7. Dec 5, 2011
    60
    It's actually more pleasurable to pick a track at random and leave it on loop. [Sep 2011, p.56]
  8. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    Scintilli slowly builds an all-absorbing world, [with] tension between fear and beauty. [Nov. 2011, p. 139]
  9. Nov 3, 2011
    60
    Perhaps most frustratingly, Scintilli doesn't have as much of a sense of continuum as the aforementioned trilogy--which is something that any good album should have.
  10. Oct 26, 2011
    60
    There is a poise about Scintilli in its strongest moments that was absent even from those early blazed trails.
  11. Oct 14, 2011
    60
    It'll be comforting to know that Plaid certainly haven't 'lost it', that said they haven't strayed far enough outside their comfort zone in order to do so.
  12. Oct 3, 2011
    60
    In their own way and in their own time, it's progress. [Oct 2011, p.95]
  13. 60
    Here, they find unsuspected connections between disparate sounds.
  14. Sep 28, 2011
    58
    Scintilli is a disappointingly static record from a duo of born tinkerers.

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