Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Jun 3, 2013
    90
    For now, The Redeemer’s many tangles make even some of the most personal music this year sound tedious.
  2. Jun 26, 2013
    80
    It's as intoxicating a listen as anything we've heard from the duo to date, drawing its power from the combination of Blunt's ideas, fluid and often semi-literate musicality, and world-weary persona.
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    80
    For those willing to be enveloped by it, it will wrap itself around you refusing to let go and reward you with an experience unlike many other albums you’ll hear this year.
  4. Mojo
    May 20, 2013
    80
    The Redeemer finds Blunt adding a series of potent new weapons to an already well-stocked musical armoury. [Jun 2013, p.88]
  5. May 13, 2013
    80
    Faced with trying to communicate a feeling as raw as lost love, he too has reached for the cliches. They may be banal and apparently devoid of sincerity, but for Blunt, they capture our inability to say what we mean or mean what we say in these strange, post-ideological times.
  6. Uncut
    May 10, 2013
    80
    An unmissable craftman. [Jun 2013, p.69]
  7. May 8, 2013
    80
    Such interventions, like the coughing fit that concludes "Brutal," are vital in the fabric of The Redeemer, which feels part art installation, part cri de coeur, but all true--further reason to believe the Hype.
  8. 70
    Blunt’s past records steeped that sincerity in reverb or in incomprehensible in-jokes-the beauty was in the blur. This time around, he’s figured out that he doesn’t look too shabby in focus either.
  9. May 8, 2013
    65
    It wanders more like a Hype Williams album would, and leaves that opening promise to dangle unfulfilled.
  10. May 24, 2013
    61
    The Redeemer ends up somewhere between sarcasm and sensitivity, but can't dig deep enough in either direction to provide something that's worth returning to.
  11. Q Magazine
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    At times his magpie approach lacks focus, but when it all clicks Blunt achieves a transcendental beauty. [Aug 2013, p.95]
  12. A strange record, but an intriguing planet to get sucked into.
  13. The Wire
    Jun 5, 2013
    50
    The Redeemer, despite its pinpoint sonics, doesn't take the logical next step of offering a moment of reflection or clarity. [May 2013, p.50]

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