Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    90
    It's certainly a brave move to furnish it with such exotic pieces, but one that pays off beautifully. [Apr 2012, p.81]
  2. May 9, 2012
    80
    Thanks to Zdar's sure-handed co-production, Bainbridge's skills at synthesizing the past and present, and a batch of songs that really stick to you after a couple listens, World, You Need a Change of Mind ends up being a very pleasing, very interesting record.
  3. May 8, 2012
    80
    For the rest of us who don't mind getting our groove on to music served with a side of narcissism, it's not difficult to admit Bainbridge might be onto something.
  4. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    With high-gloss production, shameless retro references and big-thumbed slap bass, Kindness's album is frequently preposterous. Great pop music often is. [Apr 2012, p.89]
  5. [An] exceptionally artful debut.
  6. Mar 16, 2012
    80
    Saxophone solos! Samples that may or may not be from the Sugarhill Gang! The EastEnders theme tune sung in the style of Boyz II Men!
  7. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    For a debut album, there are precious few mis-steps, apart from perhaps a little too much instrumental noodling. But, aside from that, it is remarkably consistent.
  8. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    Deftly blending the celebratory and contemplative, Bainbridge has created a dance album that works as much on the mind as on the body. [Apr 2012, p.99]
  9. Jul 3, 2012
    70
    It's actually never quite clear what type of audience the album is trying to reach, but the whole thing seems a lot more cohesive when you realise there is no point, and no direction, and this makes World, You Need a Change of Mind a lot more fun. It's an album full of twists and turns, seemingly whenever Bainbridge gets bored of one sound.
  10. Mar 16, 2012
    70
    For all its capricious cherry-picking of the historic benchmarks of sensuality and synthetics, there's still a sense of genuine invention that permeates the whole album.
  11. May 3, 2012
    64
    World, You Need a Change of Mind certainly isn't a bad album, and the technical execution is first-rate. Its failure is ultimately one of ambition. This is music to be enjoyed while doing something else, not something you fall in love with.
  12. Mar 22, 2012
    60
    It's classy and airy, although so stylishly produced (with French house guru Cassius) that it can feel like a soundtrack to an imaginary Ideal Home exhibition of laboratory-like perfection.
  13. Mar 15, 2012
    60
    It doesn't seem content with just being an enjoyable album, which makes it impossible for this listener to be content with its failure to live up to its own hype.
  14. Apr 11, 2012
    50
    There are much worse records out there but at the end of the day, and somewhat ironically, it's just much too kind.
  15. Mar 23, 2012
    50
    While World, You Need A Change Of Heart is pleasing in places, solid it certainly ain't.
  16. May 31, 2012
    40
    What's missing is the emotional heat.
  17. 40
    Amid the smartly rendered pastiche of this debut, Bainbridge references Prince and Janet Jackson, yet turns those joyous sounds unpleasantly arch.
  18. Mar 19, 2012
    40
    Its sound design may be impeccable, but World… sorely lacks grit.

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