Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 11, 2012
    The Killer works slightly better than either of its predecessors as an album, with the promise of what is to come relieving the earlier stretches of some of their grimness. The gaseous (and Gas-eous) ambient interludes, too, are perfectly sequenced, offering soothing counterpoints to the album's most pummelling efforts.
  2. Uncut
    Aug 2, 2012
    The Killer is a rich and immersive experience. [Sep 2012, p.85]
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2012
    It's narcotic, claustrophobic and brilliant. [Sep 2012, p.98]
  4. 80
    The Killer starts out monumentally grave, but by its close the sunlight is flooding in.
  5. Aug 14, 2012
    There is a comprehensive exploration of musical avenues and ideas, as well as a pleasing juxtaposition of an overarching concept and sound design.
  6. Jul 24, 2012
    It succeeds, unequivocally, as usual.
  7. Jul 25, 2012
    The withdrawals into ambient cusps test something of a pleasure-pain theory, and to Shed's credit the bombshells rarely follow the same pattern - a four-by-four here, a hop and skip there, seeing him scooping up arenas with a tremendously powerful iron fist.
  8. Jul 24, 2012
    With The Killer, Shed hasn't reinvented the wheel, but he has captivated us with his sonic mottle, daubed onto the classic edifice of techno's irresistible structures.
  9. Aug 14, 2012
    Crafted with worn elements of the electronic cannon, his third LP as Shed doesn't offer much that's fresh. Rather, it's nostalgia and recontextualization that drive this effort.... [Yet songs, I Come By Night, You Got the Look, and Follow the Leader] are all indicative of mastery.
  10. It's the producer's most immediate album and tightest display to date.
  11. Jul 27, 2012
    The Killer seems to reveal a pattern on Pawlowitz's part, yet it somehow remains every bit as viscerally captivating as his best material, a formula still as cryptic as it ever was.
  12. Aug 14, 2012
    The result is skull-crushing, claustrophobic and wonderful.

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