Ventriloquizzing - Fujiya & Miyagi
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    80
    The singles aren't as obvious as 2008's "Knickerbocker," and the cuteness is replaced by suave aloofness; Ventriloquizzing is seamlessly somber, and all the better for it.
  2. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Krautrock surrogates get expansive on fourth album. [March 2011, p. 96]
  3. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    Like Lightbulbs, Ventriloquizzing is more formally straightforward than Transparent Things, but here everything works and Fujiya & Miyagi nail a much wider range of textures and emotions than they had previously.
  4. Feb 1, 2011
    80
    South Coast Krautrockers' quirky, moody fourth. [Feb. 2011, p. 114]
  5. Jan 14, 2011
    80
    This is music to get lost in and lose yourself to at the same time. Strangely familiar, yet unique, in their own conservative way.
  6. Jan 14, 2011
    80
    Fujiya & Miyagi are an invigorating mix of the cerebral and the visceral. In a just world, they'd be the new lords of the dancefloor.
  7. Jan 14, 2011
    80
    Everything about Ventriloquizzing feels thrillingly tense, with layers of creeping analogue synths and taut, suave pop building up the pressure.
  8. Though Ventriloquizzing doesn't demonstrate the best the quartet have to offer, it's a perfect overview of their different sides, and proof that they remain one of our most consistently entertaining bands.
  9. Jan 18, 2011
    75
    None of the 11 tracks need skipping in this solid entry to the crew's discography. Fujiya & Miyagi have handcrafted another installment in their ongoing British beach dance party.
  10. Apr 4, 2011
    70
    This British-not-Japanese indie band has built up an impressive body of work, culminating in their smashing fourth album.
  11. Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Ventriloquizzing is a real night time album, and should be enjoyed as such--just don't expect an abundance of melodic pop hooks and you'll return for repeat prescriptions.
  12. 70
    At other times we're not sure whether we should be laughing or feeling uncomfortable; either way Ventriloquizzing is certainly no dummy's game.
  13. Jan 14, 2011
    70
    Their subtle blend of kraut-funk, atmospherics and hushed vocals works, but at points several tracks pass by and you realise you haven't noticed anything.
  14. Jan 28, 2011
    63
    Ventriloquizzing places undue emphasis on David Best's sing-spiel to move the action along.
  15. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    Ventriloquizzing is the sound of a band settling comfortably into its personality, though one can't help but feel that the best moments are still to come. [Year End 2010, p.70]
  16. Jan 26, 2011
    60
    The British quartet masquerading as a Japanese duo is back with its fourth full-length, Ventriloquizzing, bringing along a signature slinky groove and wordplay that borders on the absurd.
  17. Jan 20, 2011
    60
    Emphasizing rhythm more than melody, the songs throb along on funky bass lines, repetitive drumbeats, spacey sci-fi synths and hushed, whispered vocals.
  18. Jan 19, 2011
    60
    This fourth album is straining toward a more commercial sound, but pop crossover needs hit songs and F&M's best moments are still driven by ace rhythm section Matt Hainsby and Lee Adams. [Feb 2011, p.87]
  19. 60
    It's still northern Europe that dominates their music.
  20. Jan 14, 2011
    50
    It's the sound of too-clever body-movers merely going through the motions.
  21. Jan 24, 2011
    20
    Monahan is a fine producer when working within the framework of progressive folk and Americana, but his work on Ventriloquizzing is just a complete misfire.

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