Venice

  • Record Label: Touch
  • Release Date: Mar 22, 2004
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    [His] most spellbinding LP to date.
  2. With every album, Fennesz's music has become prettier and more accessible yet still retains his distinctive style-- and Venice is no exception.
  3. The A.V. Club
    80
    Fennesz follows precursors from the whole of ambient electronic music, but his dense and weightless structures owe as much to the cascading builds of shoegazer rock bands like My Bloody Valentine.
  4. Fennesz does an excellent job of balancing the IDM portions of his sound with more challenging layers of material, making music that is both individual in approach and eminently pleasing to hear.
  5. Fennesz makes Boards Of Canada sound like Daft Punk and My Bloody Valentine sound like Oasis.
  6. The fact that Venice takes a few missteps before getting into full strut inevitably takes its toll on the overall body of work.
  7. Venice doesn't hold together as well as Endless Summer, but it still proves another fascinating, creatively gallant album from one of the more vital artists currently operating in the world of electronica.
  8. The result is computer music not reserved to the cold harshness so often associated with it, but that breathes, ebbs, and flows.
  9. The Wire
    80
    There's at once a sense that Venice is weightier and more purposeful than its predecessor. [#243, p.56]
  10. Uncut
    80
    Humanely crafted, with a warmth unusual in the avant-garde. [Jun 2004, p.96]
  11. I find Venice quite beautiful and downright stunning in places, yet simply good in others.
  12. The result, when it flows, is music that verges on the transcendent.
  13. Mojo
    70
    Fennesz excels when he squeezes something truly sublime and undeniably human through his gritty, labyrinthine microprocessors. [Jun 2004, p.112]
  14. The most pressing problem is that Venice is rarely a challenging release.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BenjaminBunny
    Jun 8, 2004
    8
    "Endless Summer," Christian Fennesz's last LP, is a classic. This one settles for being simply excellent--lush, lovingly textured, "Endless Summer," Christian Fennesz's last LP, is a classic. This one settles for being simply excellent--lush, lovingly textured, romantic music. Swoon-worthy. Full Review »