• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Apr 19, 2005
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Autechre certainly aren't launching any new styles, and there's no innovative music to be heard here, but Untilted does represent the duo returning to the green fields of their youth after a few years sowing their wild oats.
  2. There's not a lot here to grab onto unless you're willing to immerse yourself in a world of totally alien sensation. If you are willing to accept the challenge, there is a chance you will find yourself significantly changed by the experience.
  3. Despite their abstraction over the last few years, Autechre aren't an altogether different beast than when they started. In fact, they're smarter, more refined.
  4. 80
    Unlike their many imitators, Autechre's music refuses to relax, ensuring them a longer radioactive half-life. [May 2005, p.106]
  5. Most is all too predictable and finds Autechre stuck in an experimental rut. [May 2005, p.121]
  6. So listener-unfriendly that it's almost amusing. [16 Apr 2005, p.51]
  7. As a strategy, Untilted's severe deconstruction plays like a non-starter; as a working method settled on by an act from whom fans would expect nothing less, it sounds like Autechre reshuffling terms that are very much its own.
  8. While in recent years the work of Autechre has widened to include bursts of melody alongside their cut-and-paste sonic structures, it’s here on 'Untilted' that Booth and Brown get the mixture right.
  9. It's likely to alienate all but their most ardent fans.
  10. With Untilted, it's apparent that Autechre are still on top of their game.
  11. Untilted’s sound is warmer and rounder, but at the expense of sonic and rhythmic scope, initially a disappointment. It’s nice to report, though, that repeated auditions expose a new tightness in composition.
  12. 76
    A more perfectly askew album will be hard to find this year. [#15, p.99]
  13. Since barreling into parts unknown, the further advances made by Sean Booth and Rob Brown have been subtle at best, and the most intriguing sounding bits of their eighth album, "Untilted," usually arrive in the midst of something more familiar.
  14. As mechanised as their rhythmic focus can be, there is flesh, bone, and brain beneath the near industrial barrage of beats.
  15. 80
    They still manage to inject their manic bursts of beats with gentle, even sweet melodies immersed deep in the cacophony. [May 2005, p.84]
  16. If anything, however, Autechre have pulled back the throttle on their excursions into the unknown. [#254, p.53]
  17. However, despite all the smarty-pants ideas, let's be clear on one thing. You FEEL this on a GUT level, because 'Untilted' packs a punch that rips through your speakers.
  18. Where inexperienced programmers might collapse under the weight of such complexity, Autechre utilize it with precision. As punishing as it is, it never sounds too cluttered.
  19. Untilted lives up to its title, finding Booth and Brown unbowed in their belief that clinical repetition and street-smart hip-hop beats can coexist in the universe. But it’s a big universe, and there are times when locking onto the exact coordinates Autechre’s transmitting from can be a long, cold and lonely chore.
  20. The results are not for the faint of heart – beats stutter uncomfortably, disappear without warning, and practically scratch out the walls of your speakers from the inside.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. TerryS
    Sep 27, 2006
    9
    From beginning to end, just the sort of album to blow away any doubts that the nonbelievers would have about autechre. Alot of people seem From beginning to end, just the sort of album to blow away any doubts that the nonbelievers would have about autechre. Alot of people seem keen on bringing up Confield as comparison to anything that ae have done, when really Confield is only comparable to itself. Everything is ALWAYS new. Even when old ideas are reinterpreted, they can only come out more twisted than the original concept. This album just kicks an insane amount of ass without an apology. Full Review »
  2. zami
    Jul 23, 2005
    8
    A wall of sound that ricochets off the insides of your mind leaving crater marks to marvel over. Untilted is unforgettable, unbelievable and A wall of sound that ricochets off the insides of your mind leaving crater marks to marvel over. Untilted is unforgettable, unbelievable and simply unreal!!! Full Review »
  3. TodD
    May 2, 2005
    10
    As good as anything else they've done. It sounds good, its exciting, its funny, its sad. Music!