Ultraista - Ultraista
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. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Ultraista could so easily have been yet another post-dubstep decent-but-disposable record. Instead the trio have managed to create something that genuinely impresses and surprises.
  2. Oct 5, 2012
    76
    Bettinson's vocals can be a little... sweet, but the dark atmospherics sustain a palpable level of foreboding throughout.
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    70
    The best songs on Ultraísta recall the murky pop made by the likes of Broadcast, where clarity and catchiness intermingled
  4. Oct 10, 2012
    70
    From its start to the jazzy electro shuffle of You're Out that rounds it off, Ultraísta is consistently involving, even if it sags in the middle with Our Song. It's set to be a cult favourite rather than sell millions of copies, but this is because it contains fascinating ideas you won't hear on most pop records.
  5. 70
    The lyrics often hint at the push and pull of relationships, but they're contemplated serenely from afar and cushioned by those synthesizers, just one more element in the pattern.
  6. Oct 5, 2012
    70
    As a collection of songs, and particularly as a "pop" record (inspirations for the group reportedly included Rye Rye and Whigfield, which seems far-fetched at best), Ultraísta feels a bit unfulfilled, but as a work of sound and atmosphere, it's captivating, predictably excellent work.
  7. 70
    He doesn't exactly leave his own atmospheres, but he has fun in them.
  8. Oct 5, 2012
    64
    The group's clearly more concerned with making great sounds and creating a distinctive vibe than they are with making lasting statements.
  9. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    Godrich's production gives the album exquisite depth but also smothers its soul. [Dec 2012, p.114]
  10. 60
    An album more likely to inspire admiration than love, then, but still smart enough to deserve plenty of it.
  11. Nov 2, 2012
    60
    Ultraísta 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.
  12. Nov 1, 2012
    60
    The album sounds weirdly uniform, the over-similarity perhaps the result of avoiding choruses in favour of repetitive mantras.
  13. 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]
  14. Oct 19, 2012
    60
    Full of dazzling arrangements and killer beats. Memorable songs? Not so much.
  15. Nov 7, 2012
    50
    It's a wallflower of an album, pretty, nice, but lacking the inspiration needed to lift it beyond the mundane.
  16. 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 the best albums of 2012 Full Review »