Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 80
    Despite being further from their comfort zone, this second foray into theatrical composition, a ballet based around a Hans Christian Anderson parable, is vastly more adept, involving the deft interweaving of electropop and orchestral elements within a series of impressionistic tableaux sketching out the theme of conflict between creativity and destruction.
  2. May 2, 2011
    70
    It's doubtful that anyone will be humming the themes of The Most Incredible Thing in the future the way people can hum The Nutcracker today. But Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe sure do know their stuff.
  3. Apr 6, 2011
    70
    It doubtlessly works better as a full performance, but as a stand-alone soundtrack has wonderful moments nonetheless.
  4. Dec 21, 2011
    60
    Of limited appeal, but appealing nonetheless.
  5. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    For the tale is only partially told here - which, when you compare The Most Incredible Thing perhaps unfavourably to the great ballets of the 19th or 20th centuries, is the one thing most obviously lacking. For now we should admire the abilities of Tennant and Lowe to move from structures of four minutes to those of an hour and a half, and hope this encourages them to continue in a form in which they have made a very listenable start.
  6. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    Though consistently strong, in the absence of dancers or plot it's hard to make sense of this subtle album's jolting transitions between subtle mood pieces and bombastic orchestral techno. [Apr 2011, p.106]
  7. Apr 6, 2011
    58
    Even more problematic is that the music, while ambitious and appropriately dramatic, hardly approaches standalone greatness. The Most Incredible Thing needs Javier De Frutos' choreography to do justice to the story.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 19, 2013
    10
    As person who grew up on ballet performances like "Nutcracker" or "Swan lake" I can say that Tennant/Lowe sounds as a worthy succession of the best ballet masterpieces of the past.Bravo! Full Review »