V - Barn Owl
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    V may be more intimate and introverted than Ancestral Star or Lost in the Glare, but it is no less cinematic. It’s a remarkable return to the fore for Porras and Caminiti.
  2. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    V comes as a spellbinding corrective. [May 2013, p.95]
  3. Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Undoubtedly, it’s all about layers on V, pull enough back and you will find the most complex Barn Owl album to date; a full sonic-cleanse of what remains within the dark, and what remains without.
  4. Apr 24, 2013
    70
    There's a much larger keyboard profile on this new album.... Whether this is a positive or negative shift depends on where you're sitting. [Apr 2013, p.48]
  5. Apr 17, 2013
    70
    One of the album's strong points is the balance it confidently finds between active and passive, as if it's encouraging listeners to be aware of their attention drifting between their thoughts and the spacious terrain provided by the music.
  6. Apr 15, 2013
    70
    Though trimmed down from more than a half-hour of unedited movements, the lengthy piece begins to drag almost immediately, and its droning, slow transitions are the only weak spots on an otherwise captivating and sonically rich collection.
  7. Apr 10, 2013
    70
    They are sketches--nothing more, nothing less. But it all changes on the final, aptly-named, track Opulent Decline.
  8. Apr 22, 2013
    68
    [V feels] both transitional and incubatory.
  9. Jul 15, 2013
    60
    The pair keeps the door unlocked for the curious, but doesn’t put out tea and cakes in welcome, either.
  10. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    Though the 18-minute celestial sludge of "The Opulent Decline" conjures all the right imagery, you suspect Oneohtrix Point Never invariably got there first. [May 2013, p.67]

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