When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Machines is not just a fantastic album--easily the best work Pritchard has produced since Global Communication--it’s also an early contender for album of the year.
  2. Eccentric and idiosyncratic while still being enjoyably accessible, this is an album that reinstils the ideas that Warp's early releases did: that electronic music can be thought-provoking and stir emotion as well as moving people to make shapes.
  3. 80
    When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence is the perfect musical equivalent to our relentless dependancy on technology.
  4. Q Magazine
    80
    The result is a brilliant rewiring of post-rave sonics. [Mar 2009, p.98]
  5. Uncut
    80
    From present to future at Warp factor. [Mar 2009, p.86]
  6. When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence contains some of the most interesting bass-centered tracks to come out in some time, and represents a progression in the current bass scene as a whole, no matter what specific genre each track belongs to.
  7. While the instrumentals give cause for heads to silently nod in appreciation, only a few tracks break away to make this something other than music suited for the background.
  8. While that’s frustrating the good stuff here is very, very good, and the less impressive fare on offer shouldn’t dissuade curious ears.
  9. For what it is, When Machines is a reasonably entertaining collection of spare beats, courtesy of a long-hibernating maestro that’s just trying to get back in the game.
  10. Mojo
    60
    This is room-shaking, gut-quaking stuff. [Apr 2009, p.106]
  11. Not essential, but Warp completists will find much here to admire and enjoy.
  12. It’s worth making it through these bare patches for the two gorgeous glimmers of light at the end of the album.
  13. No amount of boulder-sized low-end can disguise the fact that, even when these tracks work, they usually feel like they're missing something major. And that something is a vocalist.

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