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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? Oh... Hi Who survived? Somebody new? Anyone else but you? On a lonely night was a blinding light A hundred leaders would be borne... 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: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  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. Oct 4, 2016
    10
    Seeing how these "critics" would give Worlds an average of only a 63 disgusts me. This is a rare album that has a timeless feel to it where ISeeing how these "critics" would give Worlds an average of only a 63 disgusts me. This is a rare album that has a timeless feel to it where I truly feel like there is no need to skip any tracks. Robinson successfully created a list of songs unlike most other EDM artists which captures raw emotions and feel genuine in an incredibly unique way. As an avid fan of Dance/Electronic music this offers a refreshing sound that is a departure from the typical fist pumping type of songs many artists strive for. Not to say that that's a bad thing (in fact some tracks don't such moments) but Worlds proves to have an even more fascinating vibe that isn't heard in other albums. If only I discovered this earlier so I would be able to hear these tracks live! I hope Robinson comes out with a new piece like this soon! Honestly one of the greatest albums I've heard that I believe is very underrated and I agree with other user reviews that it is misunderstood as well. Expand
  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 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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  6. Apr 15, 2016
    8
    Porter creates a euphoric, nostalgic, and feel-good album, that is as bright and beautiful as the synths and melodies that accompany it. MyPorter creates a euphoric, nostalgic, and feel-good album, that is as bright and beautiful as the synths and melodies that accompany it. My only issue with it is the fact that, it isn't really Porter himself. It sounds like M83, Passion Pit etc. but with 128bpm and a flaring bass. While World's has a slight identity crisis, it is incredibly beautiful as an album itself. Expand
  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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