Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Feb 19, 2013
    It delivers some of the most abstract, and most visceral, music in their career.
  2. Feb 22, 2013
    The Marriage of True Minds hits harder and feels more joyfully physical than anything Matmos has done in years.
  3. Uncut
    Mar 1, 2013
    Glorious polyglot. [Apr 2013, p.73]
  4. Q Magazine
    Feb 8, 2013
    Mind games worth playing. [Mar 2013, p.107]
  5. Feb 15, 2013
    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.
  6. Under The Radar
    Feb 8, 2013
    As a scientific experiment, it may have value, but it does not make for pleasant listening. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.94]
  7. Feb 14, 2013
    A bizarre, baffling, occasionally infuriating but sometimes brilliant listening experience culminates in a crazed electronic pounding of ESP, Buzzcocks' 1978 classic about telepathic communication.
  8. 80
    On their Thrill Jockey debut, The Marriage of True Minds, the oddities are stomached for a healthy dose of chaos.
  9. Alternative Press
    Feb 8, 2013
    Marriage is an album best served by deep listening on a good pair of headphones. [Mar 2013, p.92]
  10. Feb 19, 2013
    The outwardly fun melodies and rhythms are what define the album.
  11. Feb 21, 2013
    True Minds continues a proud tradition of celebrating dead ends and lost causes.
  12. Feb 14, 2013
    Wacky pseudoscience aside, the results here are relatively accessible, at least by Matmos standards.
  13. Feb 19, 2013
    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.
  14. Magnet
    Feb 8, 2013
    The Marriage Of True Minds is pure late-model Matmos: perverse, urbane, crowded, hilarious, and efficient. [No. 95, p.55]
  15. Feb 8, 2013
    Where that album [2008’s Supreme Balloon] over-extended a limited palette, this set bridles with impish imagination.
  16. Feb 19, 2013
    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
    When that results in music that sounds like music, it's great.
  18. The Wire
    Feb 15, 2013
    The percipients' more abstract visions allow much joyful engagement with sampled, electronic and acoustic sounds. [Feb 2013, p.52]
  19. Jun 13, 2013
    The final outcome is the most intriguing and innovative Matmos LP since A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure.
  20. 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.
  21. Feb 19, 2013
    [A] formidable, baffling, often delightful behemoth of an album.

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