• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Nov 8, 2011
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    While it required only slight modifications to his approach--brighter tones and simpler arrangements, allowing room for singers and MCs--it's still surprising that much of The Vision sounds like an effort to assimilate into commercial airwaves.
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    There's another classic Joker EP in here. It's just a shame we couldn't get our first classic Joker album.
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    42
    The Vision seems to be exactly what Joker wants: UK pop R&B of the vainest and most vacuous possible variety.
  4. Nov 23, 2011
    60
    The Vision unveils a colorful, sensualist take on the dubstep sound, flexing basslines set into relief by twinkling R&B melodies and a host of guest vocalists. [Dec 2011, p.87]
  5. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    His debut combines melodic dubstep with a dose of Timbaland-style R&B. [Dec. 2001 p. 127]
  6. Nov 4, 2011
    60
    While it's hard to critique The Vision for its scattershot successes, as a whole the album is just too erratic to have any sort of lasting impact on formerly ardent fans or casual admirers.
  7. Nov 2, 2011
    70
    He trades in his 8-bit bloops and Sean Paul remixes to reach for R&B ringtone ubiquity on this solo debut album, warming over Timbo's jittery electro on "On My Mind," but faring better when lashing a live wire across vicious first single "The Vision," and whetting the stabbing synths of "Tron" and "Slaughter House."
  8. Nov 2, 2011
    80
    While Joker's taste seems to be as well-tooled as his way with a hook (Teddy Riley, Timbaland and Derrick May are all referenced here), he never uses his allusions to great effect. The best tracks keep the strains separate.
  9. 30
    It's the uninspired and homogenous manner in which Joker goes about ironing out nearly everything that made his tunes memorable to begin with that makes The Vision one of the most disappointing debuts of the year.
  10. Nov 8, 2011
    50
    There isn't enough unforced spontaneity or meaningful pop-craft on The Vision to sustain a full-length album, and a smorgasbord of tasty synths isn't enough to inspire vision.
  11. Nov 3, 2011
    60
    Unfortunately, subtlety gets lost in the process, and only about half the guest vocalist are actually effective.
  12. Nov 4, 2011
    70
    The Vision will reward your temporary suspension of good taste with a solid hour of instantly gratifying party jams.
  13. Nov 2, 2011
    50
    It's a conservative, often misguided assault on mainstream dance music.
  14. Nov 14, 2011
    55
    The Vision shows that thus far Joker works better pushing out erratic singles than within the format of a full-length.
  15. Nov 2, 2011
    70
    This is a charmingly youthful and exuberant album, featuring a fine selection of vocalists.
  16. Nov 14, 2011
    78
    The Vision, the latest from bass music sensation Joker, strikes a wondrous balance of doom and poppiness.
  17. Nov 21, 2011
    40
    Joker unwittingly set the bar high for his debut full-length. Unsurprisingly, it falls short. [#82, p.56]
  18. Nov 2, 2011
    60
    The Vision is a true mixed bag that while offering up a few outstanding gems, disappoints more than it probably should and reveals its maker as far less of a visionary as we all assumed him to be.
  19. 70
    The Vision stands far above many of the other products of its genre, and hints at the ability of McClean to eventually gain massive crossover appeal and subvert the trappings and constrictions of his genre.
  20. Nov 2, 2011
    60
    It has bassline crunch, and a very distinctive space-age exterior; so why does The Vision sound like it's playing catch up?
  21. Dec 6, 2011
    40
    Sadly it feels like the gestation period has robbed Joker's music of some of its immediacy. [Nov 2011, p.72]
  22. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    It's an unadventurous but pleasant effort from a talented artist who used to make everyone else look boring.
  23. Feb 10, 2012
    60
    It's not 100 per cent coherent, but especially if you get the bonus instrumental disc you'll find proof of an important talent spreading his wings.

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