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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the North Carolina electronic producer features guest appearances from Breanne Düren, Imaginary Cities, Lemaitre, Amy Millan, and Urban Cone.
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Sad Machine
Is anyone there? (Play) Who survived? Somebody new? Anyone else but you On a lonely night Was a burning light A hundred years, we'll be born... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 15, 2014
    80
    The world that Worlds conjures is fantastical and defiantly cheery.
  2. Aug 11, 2014
    70
    Although it doesn’t sound quite like EDM, Worlds manages to retain the thrilling rush of emotions that the best raves inspire.
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    69
    The main drawback to Worlds’ sound, an impressionistic approach to mass-appeal fare, is that anyone with their ear to the (festival) ground might find these sounds to be relatively old-hat.
  4. Aug 11, 2014
    60
    Through several clumsier moments, it's evident Robinson's still getting the hang of making music that translates outside clubs and festivals. Going by what he has accomplished and what he aimed to achieve here, his development should be fascinating.
  5. Uncut
    Aug 11, 2014
    60
    [Robinson] has certainly indulged his preference here, mixing M83-style synth-pop with Daft Punk/Justice bangers and adding assorted nu-rave and EDM tropes, to end up with not much to call his own. [Sep 2014, p.76]
  6. 50
    His ability isn’t lacking; Robinson just needs to ditch that indie pop crutch in order to strengthen his own voice.
  7. Alternative Press
    Aug 11, 2014
    50
    What Worlds never does is cohere in any appreciable way, stomping all over its finer moments with another synth glitterbomb and burdensome bass drop. [Sep 2014, p.107]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Mar 15, 2017
    10
    One of the most beautiful and artistic albums I have ever listened to. Definitely makes top 3 at least. Porter Robinson truly mastered a newOne of the most beautiful and artistic albums I have ever listened to. Definitely makes top 3 at least. Porter Robinson truly mastered a new and unique sound. Master of the Synth. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2014
    10
    I don't know why, but I thought I was going to be disappointed with the album, because I've known Porter since Hello, and I really like hisI don't know why, but I thought I was going to be disappointed with the album, because I've known Porter since Hello, and I really like his EDM songs, such as Language, Say My Name, The Wildcat among almost all the others, including Hello. He was on my top list, so part of me didn't even want to listen to the album. But at the same time, I was feeling disappointed with the path all those top DJs had chosen to go, which was making ONLY Tomorrowland-ish songs, meant for those big arenas and for people to "get crazy". They all had the same form, in a way that really disturbed me. A "brilliant" EDM song would be one that has a creative and/or heavy drop, and the rest of the song would follow the "form". So I was tired, and apparently, so was Porter, as he had stated in a few interviews.
    He said this was his best music, and I agree 100%. Worlds sounds so meaningful and special, and it has the soul all those new EDM songs don't. I was feeling suffocated by EDM and this album allowed me to breath. I'm glad I listened to this, and I will listen to it a lot more in the future.
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  3. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    Worlds is an ambitious, incredible release from Porter. His craftsmanship in this genre is really marvellous, The melodies found in this albumWorlds is an ambitious, incredible release from Porter. His craftsmanship in this genre is really marvellous, The melodies found in this album evoke a sense of nostalgia, but it doesn't rely on it entirely. It's a synthesis of crushing four-on-the-floor beats, neo 80s sounds, sharp electro-pop, and JRPG/Sci-Fi video game OSTs. Not only is Porter creative to conceptualizing such a unique project, but his technical skills really takes this vision to the next level and makes it shine. I don't think this album will speak to everyone, but for the people it does, it's perfect. Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2014
    9
    One of the very best albums of 2014.
    Track Reviews:
    Divinity-10/10 Sad Machine-10/10 Years Of War-9/10 Flicker-8/10 Fresh Static
    One of the very best albums of 2014.
    Track Reviews:

    Divinity-10/10
    Sad Machine-10/10
    Years Of War-9/10
    Flicker-8/10
    Fresh Static Snow-9/10
    Polygon Dust-8/10
    Hear The Bells-6.5/10 (Weakest Track)
    Natural Light-8/10
    Lionhearted-10/10
    Sea Of Voices-9/10
    Fellow Feeling-10/10 (Best track on the album)
    Goodbye To A World-10/10 (Second Best)
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  5. May 28, 2016
    8
    quite hilarious how much these so called critics score average differ so much from the user score here. that should give you a clue about howquite hilarious how much these so called critics score average differ so much from the user score here. that should give you a clue about how good this album actually and obviously is. As someone else has said, a deeply misunderstood album which is great Expand
  6. May 12, 2016
    8
    Perhaps 8.5 would be a more accurate rating for me.

    A fantastic album. The Japanese culture indoctrinated into the album along with the
    Perhaps 8.5 would be a more accurate rating for me.

    A fantastic album. The Japanese culture indoctrinated into the album along with the vocal chopping, distorted transitions and typical over-compressed synths add to Porter's distinct sound. The replay value in the album is good, and my favourite song is 'Sea Of Voices'. Other great songs include Years Of War which has an interesting structure, Sad Machine and Flicker.

    My only criticism is that sometimes the tracks blend a bit too much. This is definitely a beautiful album, but I would have liked maybe one or two more songs that were beefier and not as melodically rich. Unfortunately the songs that don't melodically entice me as much as the above possibly become tracks to skip after you listen to them so many times.

    Other than that, an album that definitely delivers as both a producer and listener. Well done Porter!
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  7. Jan 2, 2015
    0
    Absolutely terrible record. It's literally the same synthpop song over and over again, and it's not even good. Terribly done and not evenAbsolutely terrible record. It's literally the same synthpop song over and over again, and it's not even good. Terribly done and not even worth a listen at all. Expand

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