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  • Summary: The seventh album for the experimental band is promised to include many kinds of synthesizers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. After a few listens, the entirely synthetic remainder that is Supreme Balloon is not merely a relief but a delight. If anything, the limitation of having no limitations has revealed Matmos as more skilled, stylish, and sculptural here than on any of their past releases--not to mention versatile.
  2. Ultimately, it underscores everything that’s right with Supreme Balloon--in the absence of any larger narrative structure, the group’s latest album afford them the chance not to be modern theoreticians par excellence, but rather a couple of earnest music fans that convey their own passion through the sounds they create.
  3. 80
    Daniel and Schmidt have created a peculiar album that reminds us of the majesty contained in vintage machinery.
  4. While The Supreme Balloon's nostalgic synthetic playground is a smaller statement than some of Matmos' other albums, it's still a strong one.
  5. 72
    Supreme Balloon is homage to a certain tendency in electronic music practically dating back to its inception--one which Matmos most proudly, and justly, belong. [Spring 2008, p.97]
  6. 70
    Although they're purely instrumentalists, Matmos can too, with a charm that sets the laptop duo apart from lesser lights for whom chilly beats and icy synths are ends in themselves.
  7. Inoffensive, largely listenable, and accessible, the album is still stunted, and so never reaches the peaks of "The Civil War," still their best and most fully formed effort.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Elliott
    May 12, 2008
    10
    Love it, especially "Polychords" and the 24-minute title track.
  2. FelipeP.
    May 12, 2008
    10
    Fantastic and hypnotic sound!