SSSS

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Mar 13, 2012
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
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  1. Ssss is absorbing techno to listen to and proof that well written music outscores clever production tricks any day of the week.
  2. The Wire
    Apr 18, 2012
    80
    They actually have something fresh to express. [Apr 2012, p.62]
  3. Mar 26, 2012
    80
    This is music that transcends the detached nature of its making.
  4. It's nevertheless a hugely enjoyable ride, Clarke and Gore's duelling synths creating an entirely instrumental soundtrack to the sci-fi movie playing inside your own head.
  5. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    One of the standout albums of 2012 so far. Tremendous stuff.
  6. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    The end product is stern, frigid and heavy minimalist-techno, which also happens to be pop as ...: urgent, impatient, sculpted, immediate, and incident-packed.
  7. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    Tremendous stuff.
  8. 80
    A stern but playful combination of caustic menace and bright hooks.
  9. 80
    The most potent and inventive electronica album I've heard in ages, a masterclass in punchy bleepscaping right from the low-register throb that opens "Lowly".
  10. Apr 3, 2012
    70
    Despite suffering from flatness, the album is an enjoyable enough romp and in its almost naïve purity, it is endearing.
  11. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    Adjust to it being low-key, sometimes background music, and SSSS won't be leaving the average synth pop fan's headphones anytime soon.
  12. Magnet
    Mar 20, 2012
    70
    Completists will be sated - as they invariably are - by this fun, beat-happy collection. As for the less fanatical fans, caveat emptor: This is a return to the primitive.[No. 85, p.60]
  13. 70
    Ssss may not be the album expected by longtime Depeche Mode fans, but for those who still appreciate mid-tempo techno, the vinyl is definitely worthy of coveted crate space.
  14. Uncut
    Mar 12, 2012
    70
    The dominant flavor is deliberately faceless and club-friendly electro, but the highly finessed sonics and subtle attention to detail emerge over repeat listens. [Apr 2012, p.88]
  15. Mar 12, 2012
    70
    Ssss is a modest, genially impersonal effort: 10 instrumental tracks that don't flaunt their authorship.
  16. Mar 12, 2012
    65
    10 tracks of the kind of fierce, instrumental, no-bullshit techno that was as left-field popular in 1988 as 1998 as 2008. It's often witty, with a kind of robots-running-amok charm, and always attention-grabbing, at least in small doses. But friendly it ain't.
  17. Q Magazine
    Mar 16, 2012
    60
    They've still got the moves. [April 2012, p.106]
  18. Mar 15, 2012
    60
    Regardless of your perspective, it's a solid "pretty good".
  19. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    The New Wave equivalent of the Rocky/ Apollo rematch at the end of Rocky III.
  20. Mar 12, 2012
    60
    The analogue synths and electronic squelches could have boomed out of a darkened club at any time in the last two decades, but repeated listens reveal expertise with a sense of fun.
  21. Mar 12, 2012
    60
    It feels like a natural progression from synthpop into more hard-edged material and robust pop sensibilities shine through amid the bleeps and filthy basslines.
  22. Mar 30, 2012
    40
    Through headphones, Ssss lacks proper punctum. Through speakers, it fails to infect.
  23. Mojo
    Mar 23, 2012
    40
    There's no hallmark of originality or pushing envelopes, nor any sense of collaboration between two distinct talents creating more than a sum of their parts. [Apr 2012, p.94]
  24. Mar 15, 2012
    20
    Nothing on this album is new, nor is it a fresh take on over-tread electronic music ground.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 3, 2012
    6
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