Space Is Only Noise - Nicolas Jaar
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  • Summary: The electronic producer who attends Brown University releases the first full-length album of his brand of sub-100-bpm house music.
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 might be one of the most ear-opening techno records in recent memory.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Jaar has struck gold here. [Apr 2011, p.104]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 19, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  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 ever heard and a must listen for everyone. Expand
  3. 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 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. Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2011
    8
    When you hear the track 'Keep Me There' for the first time you will want to know more about this artist. When you listen it to a second time it will become your favourite track until the next artist comes along. Its no wonder that he is compared to James Blake.

    Take a listen. Its worth it.
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