Sum/One

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  • Summary: Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw releases his debut solo release featuring guest vocalists Douglas Armour, Gang Gang Dance's Lizzi Bougatsos, CSS' Lovefoxxx, and Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor.
  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, Downtempo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Experimental Dub, Ambient Dub
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  1. Dec 6, 2013
    87
    bEEdEEgEE makes it apparent that Brian Degraw has a future with or without Gang Gang Dance, as this solo album can rival any of his previously released heights.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    80
    Once the notion that this album is not even close to as song-y as Gang Gang Dance recedes, what you're left with is one of the most gloriously abstract and adventurous records to emerge from the upper tiers of the underground in quite some time.
  3. Dec 13, 2013
    80
    Even attention-grabbing appearances by Lovefoxxx and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor don’t distract from the ambition, intellectualism and plain-speaking seductiveness that make ‘SUM/ONE’ a more than impressive listen.
  4. Dec 4, 2013
    68
    It's an intermittently thoughtful album, but one that doesn't stray far from offering process-laid-bare insight into the beautiful pile-up that is Gang Gang Dance.
  5. Jan 7, 2014
    60
    A bit of streamlining and editing would help DeGraw on future releases, but with songs like “Empty Vases” DeGraw proves that he’s a solo artist to watch.
  6. 60
    While there is nothing on here as life-altering as GGD's 2011 single MindKilla, tracks such as Overlook remain restless and inventive.
  7. Dec 3, 2013
    50
    As a producer, DeGraw's sonic instincts are nearly beyond reproach, his carefully sculpted synthscapes frequently gorgeous and never boring. But maximalist excess afflicts too much of SUM/ONE, to rapidly diminishing returns.

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