Ultraista - Ultraista
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  • Summary: Nigel Godrich, producer to Beck and Radiohead, heads up this debut release with Laura Bettinson, and Joey Waronker.
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. 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.
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    70
    The best songs on UltraĆ­sta recall the murky pop made by the likes of Broadcast, where clarity and catchiness intermingled
  4. 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]
  5. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    Godrich's production gives the album exquisite depth but also smothers its soul. [Dec 2012, p.114]
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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  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 Expand