Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Fascinating as it is, Matmos' complex creative process would be for naught if it didn't generate music you want to hear more than once. [Jul 2006, p.208]
  2. Graced by a new lightness of touch and simply better as programmers, the two friends behind Matmos sound loose and lively where they once sounded stiff.
  3. Even if it's not as cohesive as their two previous albums, it's some of their best (and certainly most ambitious) work.
  4. This is a remarkably rich and complex achievement. [#267, p.52]
  5. It’s both business as usual and their most complex set of ideas to date.
  6. At the purest of all levels, this is a presentation of sound in detail, which, to listen to carefully reveals surprise after surprise.
  7. There are a few moments when the concept's cooler than the result, but in general The Rose Has Teeth's experiments result in frenetic dance tracks doubling as reading lists.
  8. Challenging, ingenious, electronic surrealism for the brain and ears.
  9. 80
    A record sensational only in the best ways. [Jun 2006, p.103]
  10. 80
    By turns poppy, cerebral and conceptually cute. [Jun 2006, p.106]
  11. Somewhat self-indulgent, it's remarkably listenable considering some of the "instruments" used.
  12. As with the conceptual aspect, knowing the peculiar provenance of the noises on The Rose Has Teeth is actually supplemental to one's enjoyment of this suite... which stands alone as an enthralling aural experience.
  13. With The Rose... Matmos have created a work that fuses music and concept art, and doesn't sound like a terrible pretentious mess. It's an achievement that deserves your attention.
  14. Matmos have created a digital manifestation of their own personality, one that would be done more justice through psychoanalysis than musical description.
  15. It’s rare that a band broadens their musical scope while offering a more intimate glimpse into their influences in one fell swoop, but Matmos do that here.
  16. Matmos have created something dense, complex, puzzling and potentially meaningless to anyone but themselves and those who listen to music with their head instead of their gut, their hips or their feet.
  17. Easy to admire, but hard to really love. [27 May 2006, p.31]
  18. Their cut-ups... work best when at their most odd. [Jun 2006, p.117]
  19. 60
    More danceable (and vulgar) than previous releases.
  20. Ultimately, the problem with Beast is that both its concept and its performance are so defined by their academic removes that it's impenetrable.
  21. One's patience for this material can vary, and without a visual component, the experimental tracks wear thin and won't likely be revisited. [Summer 2006, p.92]

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