Wild Light - 65daysofstatic
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    This is an ambitious, cohesive effort from the Sheffield band, and its complex and spacious sound is both beautifully engaging and highly rewarding.
  2. Dec 4, 2013
    70
    Promising work. [Nov-Dec 2013, p.99]
  3. Oct 15, 2013
    60
    The pomp they derive from taking dour post-rock to a rave--notably here in Prisms--is satisfying. [Nov 2013, p.101]
  4. Oct 15, 2013
    90
    Short of any psychotropic assistance, Wild Light is a credible substitute for nirvana, demanding you suspend your disbelief and just jump in feet first, setting yourself free from all corporeal existence.
  5. 80
    Sheffield's ever-progressive 65daysofstatic have outdone themselves here, loading their fifth album of megaton guitar instrumentals with electronic styles.
  6. Oct 15, 2013
    80
    Here, it seems like 65dos are challenging themselves in a way that they are finally happy with, evoking the confidence of 'Exploding and matching that with the energy and intensity of The Fall of Math.
  7. Oct 15, 2013
    80
    Soaring arrangements and long tracks create a journey, as engaging as it is dramatic.
  8. 80
    Wild Light as a whole represents the band’s most ambitious work to date; it’s a meticulously crafted and admirably complex record from a band that are constantly thrilling in their unpredictability.
  9. 91
    For anyone who can appreciate emotional breadth that music is capable of conveying, make Wild Light a part of your life. It may be the best instrumental album you hear this year.
  10. Oct 15, 2013
    90
    While Wild Light correctly prioritises focus over twists, there are sections that catch you by surprise.
  11. Oct 15, 2013
    80
    What the album lacks in genuine surprises--it features fewer floor-filling basslines than its makers’ previous LP ‘proper’, 2010’s dance-designed ‘We Were Exploding Anyway’--it more than makes up for in comprehensive consistency.
  12. Oct 15, 2013
    90
    It’s a story (almost cinematic), a journey, and far and away the greatest album they’ve done so far.

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