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  • Summary: Janine Rostron, otherwise known as Planningtorock, returns with another dark, electronic album.
  • Record Label: DFA
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 24, 2011
    90
    Scrape back the artistic pretensions and what's left may be one of 2011's most purely enjoyable, and boldest, records.
  2. May 23, 2011
    80
    James Murphy's (of LCD Soundsystem) decision to sign this shape-shifting creature to DFA Records makes perfect sense given her blend of art, electronics and mischievous humour, and while it's an undeniably alien world Rostron inhabits, it's an altogether convincing one.
  3. Dec 9, 2011
    80
    W isn't as rousing as its predecessor, but it may be an even richer album; in its own way, it's just as audacious.
  4. 70
    It might be tempting for some to initially dismiss Planningtorock as weird for the sake of being weird, but W exposes an artist who is experimenting with musical conventions, with bizarre and often captivating results.
  5. Jun 28, 2011
    70
    Whilst drawing on avowedly personal material W ultimately invites similar bewilderment, but whilst you might not get Planningtorock this is nonetheless an album that doggedly works, whoever it is that has made it.
  6. May 18, 2011
    60
    Less pretension, more tickling the perimeter of pop perfection next time please, Planningtorock--you can skip the beer belly though.
  7. May 31, 2011
    60
    It's hard work at times, but ultimately adventurous and rewarding. [Jun 2011, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    8
    Planningtorock - The Breaks might just be my new favourite song of 2011. Doorway, Manifesto and 9 gel nicely. Planningtorock's music videos flair an incredible art. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    8
    I will try to write this review without mentioning a singer with whom Planningtorock aka Janine Rostron is compared far too often not to the advantage of the latter (hint for those who know little about what is going on in music recently: they collaborated on a 2010 album about Richard Dawkinsâ Expand