Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. An ambient record that doesn't bore or get bogged down in its insistence on fading into the background.
  2. Steingarten is a nearly perfect album.
  3. Betke hasn’t merely licked his wounds and retreated into familiar territory, but fused some lessons learned from his own back catalog to create a shiny new beast, at once identifiable as his work and yet something tangibly different.
  4. 80
    Steingarten combines clipped, Kompakt-style 4/4 funk with a massy dub sensibility reminiscent of Adrian Sherwood's Tackhead productions. [Apr 2007, p.114]
  5. 80
    Instead of hip-hop, Betke now appears inspired by the hypnotic riddims of Krautrock and the New York art-dance scene of the 1970s. [May 2007, p.97]
  6. Electronic music is seldom this engaging or characterful. [Apr 2007, p.121]
  7. For what it is, it’s just about perfect.
  8. Pole’s technique still relies heavily on the minimal, but Steingarten is garnished with a sonic density lacking on his first three full-lengths.
  9. It all makes for a captivating listen or a dreamy forty minutes, whatever your preference - though a possible failing can be found in only occasional glimpses of the human soul.
  10. Steingarten is a unique take on ambient/glitch inspired music however it’s lack of musical progression brings it down.

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