Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 4, 2011
    90
    Jaar's emotional honesty is not without lenses though, and, just when you think he's going to address the listener directly, he draws on electronic music's endless sound possibilities to clutter and even drown voice, rhythm and melody with spontaneity and a young dreamer's aimless drift.
  2. Feb 28, 2011
    90
    Space Is Only Noise is not a perfect album, he could have done without the fillers, but it's a perfect listening experience.
  3. Feb 28, 2011
    90
    Space Is Only Noise might be one of the most ear-opening techno records in recent memory.
  4. Feb 28, 2011
    84
    This teetering restraint masks the true weirdness of Space Is Only Noise. I could understand someone finding the intensely self-contained Space a bit claustrophobic, but the album is most rewarding when you just grab a seat at the table.
  5. Mar 15, 2011
    81
    Space is Only Noise is delivered with an impressive restraint, especially for a debut LP and from an artist of Jaar's age, its songs warm and dense whilst seeming full of negative space, gentle and humorous whilst threatening claustrophobia.
  6. Dec 5, 2011
    80
    Jaar assembled the disc from several years' worth of recordings -- he's relentlessly productive -- but it has a conceptual unity that makes it feel like the product of a single burst of inspiration.
  7. May 18, 2011
    80
    Jaar attempted something ambitious with this album--it stands apart, even if it never risks a whole lot. Space Is Only Noise is unique, but also a work of modesty and, for an album that samples French poetry and is rarely danceable, it's unpretentious.
  8. May 13, 2011
    80
    Jaar, the son of conceptual artist Alfredo Jaar, can weave a heady spell, presenting himself somewhere between David Byrne and Ricardo Villalobos. [Jun 2011, p.85]
  9. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Jaar has struck gold here. [Apr 2011, p.104]
  10. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Only on the title track's cavernous '80s-era bass synths does Jaar come close to being conventional. [Apr 2011, p.105]
  11. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    Space Is Only Noise might occasionally overstay its welcome, but it's mostly an intriguing, excellent listen from a very promising young producer.
  12. Feb 28, 2011
    80
    It is unnervingly delicate, endlessly distracting and ultimately addictively tactile as it sneaks under your skin.
  13. Feb 28, 2011
    80
    Space Is Only Noise is a paradox. It's a dance album that can't be danced to, a lounge album that you actually want to listen to, but most importantly, it's an electronic album with emotion.
  14. Feb 28, 2011
    80
    An album to escape in.
  15. Feb 28, 2011
    70
    Such is the exquisite control he holds over his music, his vision evident even in the weakest moments of Space Is Only Noise.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 4, 2013
    9
    The concept is great, this artistic minimalist album is one of the best of 2011, (a great year for music), Nico give us unique sounds thatThe concept is great, this artistic minimalist album is one of the best of 2011, (a great year for music), Nico give us unique sounds that canĀ“t be even compared with others, is dense, weird but in a excellent way, He is a unique visionary, this album is the prove. Full Review »
  2. Sep 1, 2012
    9
    This album is less a collection of songs and more an experience, and a truly magnificent experience at that. It is like nothing you've everThis album is less a collection of songs and more an experience, and a truly magnificent experience at that. It is like nothing you've ever heard and a must listen for everyone. Full Review »
  3. Apr 19, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A beautifully textured, airy, and oddly amusing sonic adventure, that keeps a nice mellow intensity and yet explores new territory on every track. It's a grower, unless you can distinguish just how wonderful some of the field recordings, vocal manipulations, and the subtle instrumentation are. At 21 years old, Jaar cements himself a truly fantastic debut. Full Review »