Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Like its predecessor, the stellar Sleepwalking is steeped in mature songwriting craftsmanship and versatile rhythms that encompass dance, reggae, hip-hop, and left-field ambiance.
  2. The record closes with "Salvation", an epic comedown, courtesy of a massive vocal by Siron, R&C's liveshow frontwoman.... Such an abrupt end is testament to Sleepwalking's unrelenting desire for boldness and ability to execute such grand designs.
  3. There is strong instrumental feeling - sometimes joyful, sometimes melancholic and sometimes alluring and seductive - in every single track.
  4. 80
    Hip-hop, soul, reggae and other influences are skillfully interwoven into a consistently strong whole.... An engaging, intelligent album. [#82, p.146]
  5. The duo's strength is their songwriting skills, which are being honed to a razor's edge here. [#153, p.84]
  6. Another triumph, brimming with soulful, languid grooves, deft samples and well-chosen guest singers.
  7. 70
    By assembling a heavyweight lineup of talent to support -- including soul legend Bobby Womack, the Congos, and the Pharcyde -- Rae & Christian set lofty aspirations and, more often than not, reach them.
  8. Not since Bomb the Bass's "Clear" has a British production team re-interpreted aging African American tropes so persuasively.
  9. 70
    And while 'Sleepwalking' can't help but sink into the somnambulism its title promises, R&C also get ambitious, abandoning lathery fantasia for something a little earthier. [Apr 2001, p.163]
  10. 60
    Plays like a perfect meld of old school soul, modern day hip-hop and trance like hypnosis, with guest vocalists from all ends of the spectrum binding the event into a surprisingly cohesive whole.
  11. There's the sense that, in trying to be a Tribe-meets-Portishead hybrid, the Manchester, England, production duo of Mark Rae and Steve Christian have missed the target, as if true brilliance lies just around the corners they didn't turn.
  12. The record maps for, and makes for, an unhurried listen, stringing between buttery grooves with an apparent smoker's-delight vibe; the set only goes up a notch when The Pharcyde step up to the microphone, their goofy, lithe lyricism upping the relaxed pulse for a pair of fine moments.
  13. Sleepwalking doesn't have a startling track like Northern Sulphuric's "Spellbound" to lift it out from the polite sludge of trip-hop mush.

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