Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    Godrich's production gives the album exquisite depth but also smothers its soul. [Dec 2012, p.114]
  2. 60
    An album more likely to inspire admiration than love, then, but still smart enough to deserve plenty of it.
  3. Nov 2, 2012
    60
    UltraĆ­sta is inventive but it overloads on likeness and similarity. There's enough here to warrant several listens and maybe even an impulse purchase but not quite enough to suggest that a follow-up record is necessary.
  4. Nov 1, 2012
    60
    The album sounds weirdly uniform, the over-similarity perhaps the result of avoiding choruses in favour of repetitive mantras.
  5. Oct 26, 2012
    60
    Ultraista never quite shake off the sense of a session-muso studio supergroup dressing down in indie clothes. [Dec 2012, p.78]
  6. Oct 19, 2012
    60
    Full of dazzling arrangements and killer beats. Memorable songs? Not so much.
  7. Nov 7, 2012
    50
    It's a wallflower of an album, pretty, nice, but lacking the inspiration needed to lift it beyond the mundane.
  8. Dec 4, 2012
    40
    At its worst (most of it), it's layered synth sounds with beats and vocals smacking of a manufactured sexiness, all designed to hide the gaping void where memorable songwriting should be. [No. 93, p.59]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 10, 2014
    10
    The album is just gorgeous. Laura Bettinsons vocals are amazing and the music is beautiful. Every song is a joy to listen. Easily one of theThe album is just gorgeous. Laura Bettinsons vocals are amazing and the music is beautiful. Every song is a joy to listen. Easily one of the best albums of 2012 Full Review »