Tracer

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Aug 23, 2012
    60
    Tracer is full of traces of melodies and snatches of ideas on its instrumental tracks, and they are ... interesting, if not wholly successful.
  2. Uncut
    Aug 16, 2012
    50
    A glossy but incoherent neo-rave pastiche. [Sep 2012, p.87]
  3. Aug 16, 2012
    60
    A playful record full of pop textures, light nostalgia, and occasionally cartoon-ish dynamics that does a great job undermining many of the tropes of contemporary dance music.
  4. Aug 17, 2012
    60
    Both the Laurel Halo and Panda Bear collaborations are sadly somewhat dreary by comparison, making Tracer sag at its centre.
  5. Aug 24, 2012
    60
    Tracer glimmers with the CD-ROM gleam of early-90s intelligent techno.
  6. Aug 23, 2012
    60
    Tracer certainly makes a good attempt at being a strong electronic album, and there is still plenty of content here for big fans of both EDM and IDM music to enjoy. Unfortunately, Teengirl Fantasy still needs to learn how to incorporate more of themselves into their music.
  7. Aug 23, 2012
    56
    Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi sadly lack their forefathers' mastery for emotionalizing machine-made sound.
  8. Sep 14, 2012
    50
    A somewhat stunted, companion piece to their debut, all the more frustrating for their lack of real development.
  9. Aug 24, 2012
    60
    When Teengirl are on form, their music is a heady thing: house music sent delirious on a glut of ideas, or pop working to some half-known criteria. It's an unstable edifice, though, and too often the results fall flat.
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  1. Sep 12, 2012
    3
    How inspired they sound when they use vocal samples on the album '7AM', so aimless and uninspired are the songs on this album. TheHow inspired they sound when they use vocal samples on the album '7AM', so aimless and uninspired are the songs on this album. The collaborations with Panda Bear and Romanthony seemed promising, but the outcome is underwhelming. The vocal melody on the second track of Kelela is never in touch with the music. Their signature sound that worked so well on '7AM' seems to be the biggest obstacle for TF, as they try to be unpredictable in their song progression the music is incoherent and good ideas are sparse. When it does work, it becomes a nice piece of neo-electro, like the song Eternal. This is the only highlight on the album however, and they already released it on the their Motif single. Don't bother with this album and wait for the next one when their sound has matured. Full Review »