Ventriloquizzing

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Jan 25, 2011
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  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. Mojo
    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. Q Magazine
    Feb 1, 2011
    80
    South Coast Krautrockers' quirky, moody fourth. [Feb. 2011, p. 114]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Jan 28, 2011
    63
    Ventriloquizzing places undue emphasis on David Best's sing-spiel to move the action along.

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