• Record Label: Polydor
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2010
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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25

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  1. Aug 23, 2010
    10
    After waiting four whole years, finally the Klaxons released a new album. They actually were going to have the album come out sooner, however their record company deemed it "too experimental" and made them go back and record the album that you see today. They are planning though to have their songs that didn't make the album cut to come out sometime soon:After waiting four whole years, finally the Klaxons released a new album. They actually were going to have the album come out sooner, however their record company deemed it "too experimental" and made them go back and record the album that you see today. They are planning though to have their songs that didn't make the album cut to come out sometime soon: http://www.nme.com/news/klaxons/52450. Surfing the Void was a very pleasant surprise, for those who were looking for more of a harder sounding album there are maybe 2-3 songs of the 10 that are like that, one including their first single off this album, Flashover. Regardless they still continue to play their dubbed "nu rave" sound and overall it's a good sophomore album. It'll be interesting to hear their other songs that didn't make the cut when they come out. Expand
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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jan 24, 2011
    70
    The net result sounds like a band trying--and mostly succeeding--to merge their youthful past and mature present. [Feb 2011, p.87]
  2. Klaxons' ambition to stand apart from the grey indie hordes, to race by in a blur of outlandish rhetoric and pupil-dilating intensity, is admirable, but there are too many road bumps on this particular trip.
  3. This idealism, along with the music's sheer density and strangeness, will fascinate some--but while While Surfing the Void's admirable boldness is hard to dismiss, it's also not especially easy to like. Ultimately, it's a difficult album on many levels.