Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Feb 19, 2013
    90
    It delivers some of the most abstract, and most visceral, music in their career.
  2. Feb 8, 2013
    90
    The Marriage Of True Minds is pure late-model Matmos: perverse, urbane, crowded, hilarious, and efficient. [No. 95, p.55]
  3. Jun 13, 2013
    80
    The final outcome is the most intriguing and innovative Matmos LP since A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure.
  4. 80
    On their Thrill Jockey debut, The Marriage of True Minds, the oddities are stomached for a healthy dose of chaos.
  5. Feb 21, 2013
    80
    True Minds continues a proud tradition of celebrating dead ends and lost causes.
  6. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    The outwardly fun melodies and rhythms are what define the album.
  7. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    [A] formidable, baffling, often delightful behemoth of an album.
  8. Feb 15, 2013
    80
    The percipients' more abstract visions allow much joyful engagement with sampled, electronic and acoustic sounds. [Feb 2013, p.52]
  9. Feb 14, 2013
    80
    Wacky pseudoscience aside, the results here are relatively accessible, at least by Matmos standards.
  10. Feb 8, 2013
    80
    Where that album [2008’s Supreme Balloon] over-extended a limited palette, this set bridles with impish imagination.
  11. Feb 8, 2013
    80
    Mind games worth playing. [Mar 2013, p.107]
  12. 80
    Marriage is an album best served by deep listening on a good pair of headphones. [Mar 2013, p.92]
  13. The Marriage of True Minds is something of a record built for everyone, a fusion of sounds and ideas built from the thoughts and minds of lots of different people; there will be different moments that deter and attract different people, but there are more than enough of the better ones to keep you hooked for the album’s runtime.
  14. Feb 22, 2013
    75
    The Marriage of True Minds hits harder and feels more joyfully physical than anything Matmos has done in years.
  15. Mar 1, 2013
    70
    Glorious polyglot. [Apr 2013, p.73]
  16. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    The song structures are comparatively comprehensible, and ultimately, the whole process would be somewhat superfluous if the duo weren’t capable of creating something worthwhile to sonically experience.
  17. Feb 19, 2013
    60
    When that results in music that sounds like music, it's great.
  18. Feb 15, 2013
    60
    Even after having listened to this album many times, it seems no clearer as to whether it is a collection of underdeveloped song ideas or the well produced outakes of an intriguing idea.
  19. Feb 14, 2013
    60
    A bizarre, baffling, occasionally infuriating but sometimes brilliant listening experience culminates in a crazed electronic pounding of ESP, Buzzcocks' 1978 classic about telepathic communication.
  20. Feb 19, 2013
    50
    In between [“Very Large Green Triangles” and "Aesthetic Vehicle"], some of these tunes feel a little bit generic; those tracks have notable features, but they don’t seem to do anything that’s all that different from other Matmos albums.
  21. Feb 8, 2013
    40
    As a scientific experiment, it may have value, but it does not make for pleasant listening. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.94]

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