User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    60
    When you want to hear something nice and don't want to be overly engaged or challenged, Within and Without will satisfy your needs in that regard, and only those looking for memorable songs or fresh sounds will feel let down.
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    40
    There's a significant lack of depth to Within and Without.
  3. Sep 14, 2011
    70
    Greene's best trick: Using those elements of the past while crafting an album that sounds like a beautiful, dreamy future.