The Campfire Headphase

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2005
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 66
  2. Negative: 1 out of 66

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  1. EirikS
    Oct 19, 2005
    4
    Had expected so much more.
  2. R
    May 6, 2006
    6
    The problem with this album is that it is all too nice. The tracks begins to merge into one monotonous ineffective sound. On their last album, Geogaddi, there was a contrast betwen beauty and bits of evil and it made it a lot more compelling. Here, you find the last few tracks begin to get a little dull, not necessarily because they are any worse than the first few, just because The problem with this album is that it is all too nice. The tracks begins to merge into one monotonous ineffective sound. On their last album, Geogaddi, there was a contrast betwen beauty and bits of evil and it made it a lot more compelling. Here, you find the last few tracks begin to get a little dull, not necessarily because they are any worse than the first few, just because you've been listening to the same sorta thing for the last hour. The key differences between this album and their earlier works is the use of simple guitar loops. Dayvan Cowboy is also a fairly unique song for BoC reminding me a little of Four Tet at his best. It features drums and is a good upbeat track, perhaps the only real change of pace in the whole album. If anything, the album lacks more songs like this because it starts to sound sleepy as it drifts on. Other than that there is nothing that different to Music Has The Right To Children, other than the fact it is not as good. In some ways I like the idea of a simple album full of pleasant tracks, taking a break every now and then and not being too progressive all the time. However, the monotonous pace and lack of varety in The Campfire Headphase prevent it from being the gorgeous album it could have been. I am still glad I bought it though and am looking forward to their e.p. which will be released at some point this month (I think). Expand
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. The Campfire Headphase lacks the transcendent grace that made Music Has the Right to Children and even Geogaddi classics in their field.
  2. This is music you listen to when drugs don't work anymore.
  3. Billboard
    80
    It is a testament to Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin's production acumen that the songs here sound so organic despite their computerized origin. [22 Oct 2005]