Splazsh

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Splazsh evokes mood on a larger scale than Hazyville, increasing possibilities by stepping up production technique and stylistic variety, but it continues to focus on music's effect on the mind by allowing technique to undermine and contradict itself.
  2. There's a range of hooks and ideas at play in Splazsh that few others have approached, much less made coherent.
  3. Dec 13, 2010
    80
    It's coarse, awkward and at times lacks air; but the stubborn nature of Splazsh's development leaves you parched for more.
  4. Cunningham is skilled in sustaining uncomfortable moments right up to a breaking point but he's also brilliant at making this self-contained, insular music sound sleek, modern and somehow appetising.
  5. Putting to work every kind of noise you could think of--dub echoes, laser squiggles, slurring sludge, fractured voices, bass rumbles, innocent chirps, and so on--Splazsh is a feast for the ears.
  6. 80
    Beneath the stray bits and hiss, Splazsh's stoned dance grooves and stumbling, slo-mo electro--an odd mixture of Moodymann, Burial, and Boards of Canada--pull you into a world as immersive as the title promises.
  7. 80
    Regardless of how the totality of Splazsh sounds to you--whether it's five tracks and 15 minutes too long, or a perfect hour-or-so long piece of programmed paradise, there's a lot to respect about Actress' confidence as a producer.
  8. Unfortunately, the greatest asset to Splazsh also feels like its greatest Achilles heel. The territory this album spans is substantial, but almost impossible to get into without focused, repeated listening.
  9. After some time and patience with Actress's Splazsh, I still can't say that it lives up to the hype, but I am glad that people are talking about Cunningham. He's exactly the kind of enigma we need and at least worth some time to try to figure out.
  10. Uncut
    60
    Too often Cunningham fails to develop his tracks, which start thrillingly only to fizzle out. [Jul 2010, p.101]
  11. Q Magazine
    40
    His second album Splazsh serves up tense techno without a hint of human warmth. [Jul 2010, p.140]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 5, 2011
    6
    Splazsh is another dimension in which one easily gets lost. However, on repeated listens it fully unveils its secrets and intricacy. Hubble isSplazsh is another dimension in which one easily gets lost. However, on repeated listens it fully unveils its secrets and intricacy. Hubble is puzzling and hypnotic, while Maze is a sonic equivalent of a froid metal taken from a deep space meteor. There are other solid tracks but sometimes they feel like drafts, not finished songs. Purrple Splazsh explores the title colour with one good beating. Wrong Potion and Casanova are as disorienting as they reach for evil and sinisterness. Full Review »