Wherever I Am I Am What Is Missing

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  • Summary: The London, England band's fourth LP finds them stripping away some of the layers (and extra musicians) found on previous outings for a more organic trip-hop approach.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. There’s something that lifts the music of Laika above its essentials: A balance of melancholy and sobriety.
  2. Wherever I Am, I Am What's Missing remains grounded in electronic composition, but the subtle distinctions between spacy trip-hop epics (see "Diamonds and Stones) and booty-shaking dance-floor numbers help to keep the band's dynamic fresh, even after ten years.
  3. Uncut
    70
    Spookily smooth. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  4. Wherever I Am I Am What's Missing is a very nice album at times, but it's hardly a progression of Laika's sound, as there are moments where it sorely lacks the adventurousness they've shown in years past.
  5. Q Magazine
    70
    The songwriting here is less striking than that showcased on recent best of. [Dec 2003, p.130]
  6. Laika's typically airy atmosphere sounds more sterilized this time around.
  7. Ultimately, Laika make pleasant music that's difficult to be passionate about.

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  1. MartinF
    Feb 9, 2004
    10
    While it lacks a standout track on par with the last album's breathtaking "Uneasy," it's still Laika's most consistant album While it lacks a standout track on par with the last album's breathtaking "Uneasy," it's still Laika's most consistant album to date, and they still make spacey/ slinky/ sexy triphop like it was still fashiohnable, God bless 'em. ONe of the best (and sadly most overlooked) albums of '03. Expand