Transistor Rhythm - Addison Groove
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 7, 2012
    80
    Its disorienting aspects actually make it a compelling full-length experience, locking you into a maze of drum and echo.
  2. Apr 10, 2012
    80
    An engaging album devoid of stagnancy.
  3. Apr 6, 2012
    73
    It is an album of well-portioned, difficult grooves that owe as much to craftsmanship as they do to scholarship, the sound of a chronic disciple slowing learning to make his influences work for him.
  4. May 4, 2012
    70
    You can't knock the songs, but it's hard to swallow whole.
  5. Apr 18, 2012
    70
    Transistor Rhythm is functional and stylistically up to date yet modestly unique. [Apr 2012, p.68]
  6. Apr 10, 2012
    70
    Thirteen tracks of relatively barebones 808 funk can star to wear, and especially moving at such a (relatively) slow tempo Transistor feels a little bloated by its last third.
  7. 70
    The result is delirious party music, which, although at times deliciously dumb, is never – as cerebral Addison Groove fan Aphex Twin would attest – stupid.
  8. Apr 10, 2012
    70
    Transistor Rhythm clearly isn't the full-force, wall-to-wall banger album that many were hoping for, but it does show that Addison Groove can successfully and consistently operate in a more relaxed mode.
  9. Apr 10, 2012
    65
    Transistor Rhythm offers the proverbial mixed bag.
  10. May 10, 2012
    60
    Transistor Rhythm is an album with a thin atmosphere. There is little reverberation, just repetition, vocal samples repeating without degrading.
  11. Apr 13, 2012
    60
    While the grooves here prove to be equally minimal [to Headhunter], his debut LP is driven by a febrile, wildstyle energy at odds with dubstep's cavernous soundscapes. [May 2012, p.90]
  12. Apr 10, 2012
    60
    Transistor Rhythm is a well-made but forgettable album by someone who, given past form, I'd expected more from.
  13. Apr 11, 2012
    50
    While Transistor Rhythm ends up as the superbly-produced album that Addison Groove has always hinted at, it's the uniform sterility and refusal to tread water beyond the reach of his peers that stops it from succeeding beyond anything more that simple idol worship.
  14. Apr 11, 2012
    50
    It's only at this point, ["Incredible Exhausted Bunny Ears"]... that Transistor Rhythm actually feels vital, resulting in in a luscious closing suite to an otherwise arid record.
  15. Apr 10, 2012
    50
    The lower your expectations, the better it will seem.

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