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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the ex-Monotonix guitarist features guest appearances from the Eastern Medicine Singers.
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  • Record Label: Joyful Noise
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, International
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  1. Uncut
    May 25, 2018
    90
    On paper this should be a mess; on record it's a thrillingly chaotic sonic voyage. [Jun 2018, p.27]
  2. May 25, 2018
    80
    Universalists is an extension and expansion of his solo debut, an evolution as simultaneously radical and just-right as any of the changes he’s known for improvising live.
  3. May 25, 2018
    80
    That’s the beauty of Universalists: there’s no use trying to pin it down. What’s more, doing so discredits its core thesis: music is music, plain and simple. Gat manages to capture the ecstasy of his live performance, while expanding his production and experimental practice to a global, and—dare I say—universal palette.
  4. May 25, 2018
    70
    This isn't a great album, but it's a visionary one, and rock would be in a healthier creative state if there were more records like it.
  5. May 25, 2018
    70
    While challenging, the album seems to symbolize a struggle to achieve balance and harmony, and the results are frequently exciting.