Severant

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    An intriguing sonic experience from start to finish, Severant is a bold left-field first offering from an artist who's quickly establishing himself as the intelligent dance scene's "one to watch."
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    90
    While it won't please those expecting a selection of aggressive dubstep workouts, Severant is a stunning debut that gives up more secrets with every listen.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    78
    It's a rare thing how it manages to be both accessible and inclusive without giving in to any of the current trendy concessions, all the while demonstrating the practiced purist's taste for measured, genre-specific experimentation.
  4. Nov 14, 2011
    90
    Severant's biggest strength is its optimism--very few of the tracks here fall into introspection, with nearly all of them boasting a crystal ball looked into by the meanest of hawk-eyes.
  5. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    More melancholic than mechanical, Severant is a testament to the strength of the human imagination.
  6. 80
    That same battle between tension and relaxation runs throughout, fueling this understated gem of an album.
  7. Nov 14, 2011
    77
    At 15 songs, Severant is long and occasionally becomes drifty, but at its best, the album is a confident, even inspired, solo debut.
  8. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    It's just Jamie Teasdale, an already accomplished producer, freely chasing his inspiration and coming out the other end with near genius in the process.
  9. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    Because beauty comes thick and fast with this album, and even though it's taken wholesale from more popular sources, here it feels like we're only now hearing it for the first time.
  10. Nov 29, 2011
    80
    His background on the harder edge of modern dance music means that, for all its delicacy, Severant never feels retro or overly derivative.
  11. The Wire
    Dec 6, 2011
    80
    It's the generous flow of rapt, wistful melody that makes Severant such an appealing prospect. [Nov 2011, p.72]
  12. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2011
    80
    Severant works better than you'd think, and at its best it is breathtaking. [Jan 2012, p.90]
  13. Nov 14, 2011
    85
    The producer has undoubtedly severed himself from his past work, and in turn, put himself in a class that few hold claim to.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 8, 2011
    10
    As part of Vex'd, Jamie Teasdale already set himself apart with the music the duo created, and now, as Kuedo, he pushes even further, creatingAs part of Vex'd, Jamie Teasdale already set himself apart with the music the duo created, and now, as Kuedo, he pushes even further, creating immensely beautiful soundscapes yet unheard of. With his music he creates places and moments to escape from modern everyday live, painting a future for your mind to experience in all it's hope that cries out loud from every single beat - definitely one of the best LPs this year, maybe even one of the best to ever hit mankind so far. Full Review »
  2. Jun 7, 2015
    10
    This is one of those albums where every song stands on it's own. Unique, emotive, futuristic, transcendental, rhythmic - an exceptionalThis is one of those albums where every song stands on it's own. Unique, emotive, futuristic, transcendental, rhythmic - an exceptional listening experience. Kuedo's soundscapes reflect an artist who has mastered his craft; the ability to mould sound into a truly unique and beautiful form. Full Review »