Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Oct 11, 2012
    100
    On this trippier, more scattered collection, it emerges in the looming calm, the open moments that peek through pneumatic melodies, beatific, druggy vocals and that throbbing, omnipresent kick.
  2. Sep 28, 2012
    100
    Until The Quiet Comes is at once iridescent and ambiguous, luminous and impenetrable: an elegantly conceived and executed album which may well come to be seen as Flying Lotus' finest work to date.
  3. No one's asking bigger questions of himself or more from himself in music than Flying Lotus is. These records are the only appropriate answers and Until The Quiet Comes is his most accomplished yet.
  4. Oct 5, 2012
    94
    Fly Lo manages to create an unusually sophiticated and well-produced album with mostly a laptop.
  5. Oct 2, 2012
    91
    After multiple listens, the album reveals itself to be as nuanced, as subtle, and a lot more digestible than its predecessor, a sidestep into sonic territory that's no less admirable for its comparative somnolence.
  6. Oct 11, 2012
    90
    It's a masterpiece.
  7. Oct 4, 2012
    90
    Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus) manages to ensnare 18 night visions on his latest psych-bass masterwork, Until the Quiet Comes.
  8. Oct 2, 2012
    90
    This is one of the most rewarding and beautiful albums of the year.
  9. Oct 1, 2012
    90
    Until The Quiet Comes is an album that is celebratory and desolate, dense and sparse, dark and colourful--a trippy, fantastical ride that only he could create a path for.
  10. Ultimately, this album is the sound of the future.
  11. Oct 1, 2012
    90
    His slight adjustments and increased restraint make this his most accessible and creative release yet.
  12. Sep 28, 2012
    90
    He is, however, a radiant example of an artist with the ability at his fingertips to close the schism between the true avant-garde and the leftfield mainstream, and in this respect Until the Quiet Comes is the record to date we'll most likely crown his masterpiece.
  13. Sep 28, 2012
    90
    Until the Quiet Comes further catapults Ellison into the cosmos and away from all things terrestrial. He's the king of his domain, and there is no runner-up.
  14. Oct 1, 2012
    85
    The surface is a gorgeous invitation to return and see if you can figure out what it all means.
  15. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    The album's aesthetic is elastic and permeable, and yet strong enough to hold its shape.
  16. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Until The Quiet Comes is another excellent album by one of the most interesting producers out there.
  17. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Quite literally, a dream album. [Nov 2012, p.88]
  18. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Ellison's reliably single-minded approach will appease seasoned Flying Lotus followers, but Until The Quiet Comes might just attract new followers. [Nov 2012, p.95]
  19. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    Pleasant is the word. But not simple. Quiet has just as many corners worth peeking down.
  20. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    It's flawed, but unlike the vast majority of Ellison's current contemporaries, its flaws and contradictions remain as intriguing as its positive points, and lend themselves to repeat listens.
  21. Oct 5, 2012
    80
    Although there aren't any obvious standout hits here, that's not what FlyLo intended to create. Instead, Until The Quiet Comes blends together into a lush electronic soundscape you can daydream to.
  22. 80
    FlyLo's Until The Quiet Comes is an exercise in dense rhythmic layers and melodic dissonance.
  23. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    The more you listen to Until the Quiet Comes, the more you get the sense that you're only scratching the surface of how much is really going on with it. It's a tribute to what FlyLo has accomplished here that no matter how and how much you enjoy it now, Until the Quiet Comes only promises to keep on revealing more and more of itself.
  24. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    It is often reminiscent of auntie's work, but with a solid beat underpinning. [Nov 2012, p.73]
  25. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    It's not as gratifyingly raw as 1983 or as paradigm-shifting as Los Angeles or as self-important as Cosmogramma, but it's more expansive and refined taken in one sitting.
  26. Oct 10, 2012
    75
    Languid and sometimes lagging, [a] sensual 47-minute set. [No. 92, p.52]
  27. 75
    Ellison excels everywhere else, keeping the beats brisk and the instrumentation organic and lively.
  28. Oct 2, 2012
    75
    Every track and sound feels new and experimental; much of Until the Quiet is so wonderfully weird, there's no way for it to be boring.
  29. Oct 5, 2012
    70
    With points rewarded for originality and innovation the composer's greatest strengths are also his faults, as this effort lacks cohesion and sensible sequencing making for an exercise in patience that only biased fans would process as a sign of genius.
  30. Oct 5, 2012
    70
    It all adds up to something so captivating that vocal guests like Erykah Badu ("See Thru to U") can get a little lost.
  31. Oct 3, 2012
    70
    Fully formed songs suggest themselves, but too often prematurely dissolve, with vagaries always favored over the tangible.
  32. 70
    For an album that, at times, is beautiful, it doesn't hypnotise you, it doesn't entrance you, and even its best moments fail to stay in your head.
  33. Oct 1, 2012
    70
    It would be a stretch to call Until the Quiet Comes' disjointed tracklist and middling retreads the low point of Ellison's discography, but suffice it to say that the LA cornerstone has produced far more challenging and consistent records than this.
  34. Sep 28, 2012
    60
    FlyLo's albums tend to be slight, and this is no exception: these tracks feel less like fully fleshed-out compositions than lightly drawn sketches started, but not always finished, from a spontaneous jam session.
  35. Dec 5, 2012
    50
    Until the Quiet Comes is cluttered and schmaltzy. [Nov 2012, p.59]
  36. Oct 1, 2012
    50
    Until the Quiet Comes isn't bad, exactly. It's just definitely not good either.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 2, 2012
    9
    I was a bit worried when I read early comments on it being boring. Those people are morons. It's certainly not as grand as Cosmogramma and Los Angeles, but its certainly alot more intricate and well thought out. Some songs feel a tad too short, but I guess it keeps the album flowing, as it never becomes stagnant. The second half of the album is phenomenal, thanks to the guest vocals. Full Review »
  2. May 27, 2013
    10
    Well, this is a beautiful album. Although Cosmograma is more epic and adventurous, this record is more darker and dreamy. The whole album...is a dream. The beautiful dreamy themes and dark electronics makes this a super record which is a worth-buying. Full Review »
  3. Oct 25, 2012
    9
    Halfway between the hazy soundscapes of 'Los Angeles' and the epic approach of 'Cosmogramma', FlyLo's newest album delivers what many fans of the producer have been secretly desiring for years - a merge of his two best productions to date. Effortlessly stylish and multi-faceted, it's just the latest in a series of great releases from LA's own. Full Review »