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Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. The duo's most commercial and downright joyous album to date.
  2. Orbital have once again managed to make an album that's precisely what you'd expect from them, while being neither dull nor predictable.
  3. 80
    The Altogether is, all stated evidence to the contrary, a remarkable work. Why? Because it is the product of two brothers who, understanding that they can kid neither the audience nor themselves, mapped a musical course based on their root love -- musical energy -- and never strayed. [Sep 2001, p.147]
  4. While it has a few rough patches, the Hartnoll brothers' latest effort proves that they're still at the top of the electronic music heap.
  5. While the album certainly is a lot of fun, it may turn off fans who have come to expect moody electronica from the Hartnolls. [Oct 2001, p.98]
  6. An astonishingly cheeky affair, and arguably less stylistically cohesive than any Orbital album since their underrated debut
  7. 70
    The Hartnolls sound more relaxed and at ease than they did on their last album. [#51, p.105]
  8. 70
    A quirkier affair than their previous works.
  9. 60
    The result is confused, equal parts avant garde, rock and electronic. [Sep 2001, p.90]
  10. 60
    Their grooves can sometimes roll on as if unattended -- which is fine for living-room techno, but not for the pop songs they're trying to emulate. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.114]
  11. In stark contrast to their finest work (1993's "brown" album, 1999's The Middle Of Nowhere), the magic moments never add up to an epic, morphing whole.
  12. Like the densest hip-hop, The Altogether could be taken as a selection of aural puns.
  13. 60
    Listener-friendly, surprisingly short songs that walk a thinner line than usual between tired and inspired.
  14. In ten years, you'll be mistaking their superficial work here for the Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, or Fatboy Slim's big-beat bullshit.
  15. 'The Altogether' adds weight to the increasing suspicion that Orbital's best work is, like their hairlines, behind them.
  16. Unlike previous albums, The Altogether doesn't really take the listener on some mind-altering trip. It simply throws together some half-baked novelties, some wasted and underwhelming guest appearances and a bunch of rhythmic ideas that would have sounded infinitely better a decade ago.
  17. Orbital is either uninspired or saving up for something better next time.

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