Unmap

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Despite the occasional flaws, the album shows that Vernon (along with the guys in Collections of Colonies of Bees) has not only the desire to branch out but also the necessary skills.
  2. 60
    Both thrilling and baffling, the nine tracks prove that Vernon's appeal lies in his otherworldly sound, not in his broken heart.
  3. Q Magazine
    60
    If the results are sometimes insubstantial, they can also be richly atmospheric. [Oct 2009, p.118]
  4. Uncut
    60
    It is uneasy listening. [Oct 2009, p.107]
  5. Mojo
    60
    Unmap transcends such mood geometrics thanks to Vernon's mostly wordless incantations. [Oct 2009, p.99]
  6. Unmap is the definition of a vanity project, except there’s not much vanity in doing an electronic record that is inferior to the original music either group has made on their own.
  7. It desperately needs some kind of visual accompaniment to, at least, add a cinematic legitimacy to the sound's sporadic mood swings. Worthwhile? Probably. But the world waits for the proper return of Bon Iver.
  8. Under The Radar
    40
    Volcano Choir is asking various musical questions here, and the overall answer is yes, there does come a point where things fall apart. [Fall 2009, p.68]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 21, 2011
    6
    It's quite messy for myself to comment this album because while it has, in my opinion, some of the best tracks of the entire Vernon's careerIt's quite messy for myself to comment this album because while it has, in my opinion, some of the best tracks of the entire Vernon's career (bow down to the brilliance of Island, IS), there are also some eerie fillers which, if had been excluded, would have made Unmap a brilliant EP instead of a bearable album leaving a sense of slow-paced frustration. Full Review »
  2. RyanJ.
    Oct 2, 2009
    5
    Pretty overrated, boring, only a few songs are good. But the songs that are good are REALLY GOOD.
  3. ChristianP.
    Oct 1, 2009
    9
    Very exciting and captivating stuff.