Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the Portland, Oregon-based band led by New Zealand-born Ruban Nielson of the Mint Chicks.
  • Record Label: Fat Possum
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Funky Breaks
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  1. Aug 25, 2011
    90
    It is a flavorful fusion as unique as the Yugoslavian Spomenik that graces the cover of his eponymous full-length debut on Fat Possum - and one that stands apart from the seemingly endless barrage of home-recorded acts who have posted their wares on Blogger, Bandcamp and Tumblr these days.
  2. Jun 30, 2011
    85
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra has produced the rare indie pop record that seizes you on the first listen but also rewards repeated playing.
  3. Dec 9, 2011
    80
    You could single out any song on the album for praise or inclusion on a killer summer mixtape and you wouldn't go wrong... this album is one of the sleeper picks for best-of 2011.
  4. Jun 30, 2011
    75
    As Unknown Mortal Orchestra wears on, there is some loosening of the pop reins, ending the album on a wandering psychedelic journey reminiscent of Grizzly Bear. A nice trip indeed.
  5. It recalls MGMT before the wheels came off. Which is no bad thing.
  6. 70
    They've created for themselves a unique soundscape and vibe to explore in future releases. In short, they've proven that knowledge is great, but a rocking album trumps all.
  7. Jun 30, 2011
    40
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the most basic, easily digestible, pre-chewed pop archetype. With zero nutritional value.

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