Where Did The Night Fall


Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. This is electronic psychedelic-groove, flush with drama. Neither space rock nor alt-dance but flickering somewhere on the cusp of both, it should win back deserters while glamouring new converts.
  2. Alternative Press
    All in all, Levalle's got a solid effort on his hands with Night. [Jun 2010, p.108]
  3. It’s an explicit leap into new territory for the band, and though the second half may drag a bit, songs like “Natural Selection,” “Joy Factory,” "The Answer," and “On a Wire” make for some of UNKLE’s all-time best singles, ones that rank right up there with “Rabbit in Your Headlights” and “Lonely Soul.”
  4. This is a fine record and you can add an extra point to the score if your stereo cost over a grand.
  5. Q Magazine
    Largely the results are first-rate. [Jun 2010, p.132]
  6. At turns utterly beautiful and thoroughly frustrating, there is no doubting the tarnished grandeur on display albeit tempered by some unnecessary navel gazing.
  7. 70
    There are no absolute standouts as on past albums, but that is okay. Where Did The Night Falls is less concerned with purity of individual songs, and more focused on the audible aesthetics produced by its eerie experiments in sound. And for that, UNKLE has another winner on its hands.
  8. The immediacy of ...Night Fall's melodies and the satisfaction derived from its buttressing rhythms will generate just about enough pleasure for most.
  9. The end results in UNKLE's later years have been rather mixed, but Lavelle always miraculously pulls some new sonic trick to keep his pet project from falling completely out of favor.
  10. Uncut
    Results range from sumptuous to the exotic and baleful, while Mark Lanegan's climactic swansong as post apocalyptic lounge lizard provides a stylish send-off. [Jun 2010, p.106]
  11. Mojo
    Like much of UNKLE's work, the album feels a little bloated and too serious by half, but there are gems among the rubble. [June 2010, p. 97]
  12. Night is best when it rocks (witness "The Answer" an arena-ready stomper) or when a guest knocks it out of the park: Austin psych band The Black Angels help out on the very strong "Natural Selection" which mixes up futuristic trans-pulse with an earnest, richly harmonized tune that seems nicked from lost Sixties gem.
  13. Night is ultimately hamstrung by a personality vacuum. It's easy enough to enjoy Night while it's playing, but even after so many listens, it's hard to care about it.
  14. Under The Radar
    While the sound may be a reflection of the state the planet is in, it is not helping in lifting the spirits any. [Spring 2010, p.74]
  15. As an art piece, it can be appreciated. As an album of music that people are supposed to listen to and enjoy over and over and over again (which is what it sounds like the intent really was), not so much. It’s too many notes; for an album that purports to be so propulsive, it really needs to lighten up.

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