Sound Mirrors

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Urb
    90
    An astonishingly relevant album. [Mar 2006, p.112]
  2. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    Truly a master-class in beat-science from start to finish. [28 Jan 2006, p.34]
  3. Mojo
    80
    One of the most vital and imaginative records that [Coldcut has] ever made. [Jan 2006, p.120]
  4. A fun, varied and defiantly old-school record which is pure Coldcut.
  5. Any number of tracks here could easily catapult them back into the consciousness of so much more than the cognoscenti.
  6. It hops genres like a frog does lily pads, it changes the palette of sounds from song to song, and it makes perfect use of every single guest that dares make a contribution.
  7. [An] assured, wildly varied, endlessly enjoyable album that finds Coldcut in a position even more unlikely than the podium at the Brits: dance producers at the top of their game, 19 years into their career.
  8. This is probably the best album we've seen in the new millennium from a mid-'90s techno producer.
  9. Magnet
    80
    Some of the most progressive tracks of its 20-year career. [#71, p.93]
  10. Such a ratio of misses to hits was not expected but, all things considered, this is still one of the best electronic-based albums you're going to hear this year.
  11. By pulling back on the "wow" factor and demanding less from the listener, Coldcut have delivered their first album that will be listened to twice as much as it's talked about.
  12. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    Eclectic concoctions of dub, house, and ambient grooves are always interesting... but not necessarily deserving of repeat spins. [24 Feb 2006, p.65]
  13. Its lack of focus often mutes its attempts to strike hard.
  14. Coldcut acquit themselves well, in the sense that they pull off all of their various generic sleights of hand. But, as per usual, whatever off-hand virtuosity Sound Mirrors displays, there's no center here.
  15. "Everything Is Under Control" is worth a download, and Saul Williams's spoken-word performance on "Mr. Nichols" is worth noting, but how much of this record has been done before and how much of it will be done again? What Coldcut mix can you say the same about?
  16. Q Magazine
    60
    Strives a little too hard to display their twitching eclecticism. [Feb 2006, p.101]
  17. Uncut
    60
    An uneven mix. [Feb 2006, p.70]
  18. Features an excess of accumulated ingredients with predictably indigestible results.
  19. It's as if More and Black set out to purposely compose a more "mature" album. By slowing things down they're able to accommodate R&B outings, spoken word stories and artsy offerings, but to be honest, it's not all that much fun.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JC
    Mar 6, 2006
    4
    A truly great disappointment. They have tried to innovate by moving to a more song oriented structure, but most of these songs simply do not A truly great disappointment. They have tried to innovate by moving to a more song oriented structure, but most of these songs simply do not work. The album lacks any kind of coherence, and a couple of good tracks fail to save the album from mediocrity. Full Review »
  2. zeel
    Mar 2, 2006
    6
    first track good. second track great. rest tracks, bad. don't buy whole CD, just a few individual tracks. other acts do accessible first track good. second track great. rest tracks, bad. don't buy whole CD, just a few individual tracks. other acts do accessible electro-diversity better: Shinjuku Zulu, Beck, RJD2... Full Review »
  3. AlanR
    Feb 28, 2006
    10
    Oh, there are those the requisite prosaic liberal coldcut politics! I wish you could get a lyric-only mix. Soooo cool-y.