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  • Summary: Scott Herren's latest Prefuse 73 album features about as many guest appearances as you can fit on a single compact disc, including contributions from The Books, El-P, Ghostface, Aesop Rock, Broadcast, RZA, Beans and Café Tacuba.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. A must-hear. [May 2005, p.138]
  2. Surrounded by Silence is at once more scatterbrained and fast moving than any other Prefuse album (even more so than the blink-and-you-miss-the-hook Extinguished), but the difference here is the cohesion of the radically different cuts.
  3. The jewel in Scott's creative crown is that he has an uncanny knack of keeping it flowing, even when his beats and tones are jerking our sensibilities to shreds with their cerebral madness.
  4. 70
    Fans of Handsome Boy Modeling School, DJ Spooky, RJD2 and other genre-melding, conscious hip-hop are gonna want to procure this one right away. [#9, p.71]
  5. Several of the instrumentals recapture something of the Prefuse 73 magic, but Herren isn't entirely successful even when in cut-and-splice mode.
  6. Overall, it’s a story of too many ideas.
  7. 40
    There's a flightiness that lends the album a showreel quality. [Apr 2005, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8