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  • Summary: Ernest Greene releases his first full-length of dreamy synth-pop under his Washed Out moniker.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Jul 11, 2011
    90
    For his full-length debut, Greene teams with producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley) to revisit his '80s reveries, crafting Balearic bliss ("Eyes Be Closed") and refreshing New Romantic flounce ("Amor Fati"). He even invigorates '90s trip-hop's head-nod ("Before," the title track), making for an even better coast soundtrack.
  2. Jul 19, 2011
    82
    Within and Without feels tentative and restrained; Greene has toiled in the chillwave hinterlands to finally release a beautiful debut, and he's good enough to let it ride.
  3. Jul 29, 2011
    80
    Chillwave touchstones are alive and well on the record; tender, nostalgic vibes still emanate from each throwback synth pad and ethereal two-part harmony, and there's still plenty of reverb to go around.
  4. So while the stylistic homogeneity erodes its high points, and it sometimes feels like one giant song, Within and Without harbours some rich, emotive sounds under its monochrome canopy.
  5. Jul 11, 2011
    70
    It's more pleasant than arresting.
  6. Jul 12, 2011
    60
    Easy to listen to but impossible to feel excited about, this album is compelling evidence that chillwave's allure has been eviscerated.
  7. 30
    One-man synth-pop act Ernest Greene's singing lacks firm consonants and dribbles out unintelligibly most of the time over the most compelling of his stripped-down electronic compositions. [Aug 2011, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Jul 18, 2011
    10
    Harsh, Deathromp. I quite liked it. Ernest Greene has built upon the sound that made his 2009 debut so successful and fun. A carefree LP for the remainder of Summer and beyond with one of the finest singles of the summer: "Eyes Be Closed". Impressive stuff from the young Georgian. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2011
    7
    So many sublime melodies in this album and shoegaze explorations which all work out really well. And "Amor Fati" is, oh, absolutely transcendental.
  3. Jul 20, 2011
    6
    It doesn't really do anything that Life of Leisure didn't do better. It's still has all those same qualities of wistful prettiness that made the previous disc so gorgeous, but it just sounds a little stuck in a rut. It's a nice rut, ok? It'd be great to have sex to if anyone was interested, but the highlight would almost certainly be the sex. Still, good headphone record to get a little lost in. Expand
  4. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    3
    Not terrible, but nothing spectacular. You turn the record on and you think it's not too bad. Then you forget about it. An hour passes and you realize you had been listening to something. That's when you say f*** it and move onto better things. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2011
    0
    Quasi-sophisticated muzak for those who'd rather not listen to music... catatonia for the catatonic. At the turn of the 21st century, tacky ambient compilations emblazoned with the garish words 'chill', 'lounge', 'chill-out'... or sometimes 'buddha' sprung onto the cd racks of our less keen relatives/ friends houses - terrestrial taste at it's finest. We were always polite enough to vocalize our endorsement of Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, or Radiohead (prior to the faintly audible remix). Then... there was 'chill wave': a now legitimate genre - a collation of synthpop, house, trip-hop, ambient... just more faceless and muted - than ever. And Sub Pop approves. The boundaries between art and commerce have officially vanished. Expand