Zig Zaj

  • Record Label: Lex
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2011
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Sep 27, 2011
    70
    Zig Zaj sounds more like a rehash than the entirely new recipe that music fans are undoubtedly looking for.
  2. Sep 27, 2011
    66
    Zig Zaj feels like he's straining a little too hard to make every song different from the last, where he's actually become pinned down by the "eclectic" reputation he's accrued, forcing him to make unwise decisions just to keep a certain degree of diversity afloat in his work.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 3, 2011
    60
    [It is] an eclectic patchwork of cinematic techno-rock and beat-heavy vocal tunes featuring stray members of the Chili Peppers, Warpaint and more. [Oct 2011, p.81]
  4. Q Magazine
    Nov 8, 2011
    60
    This third full-length solo record is a rich blend of different genres that, despite its rampant eclecticism, never jars. [Nov. 2011, p. 128]
  5. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2011
    60
    Zig Zaj corrals its celebrity cameos within a strictly ring-fenced aesthetic. [Oct 2011, p.98]
  6. Under The Radar
    Nov 9, 2011
    60
    Although Zig Zaj has a couple of strong songs that will likely find good homes on public radio and progressive dance floors, it sounds more like a collection of individual tracks than an actual album. [Oct. 2011, p. 112]
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    50
    The end result lumps the worst banalities of "indie" music into electronic sounds that, if properly fleshed out, might have been interesting.
  8. Sep 27, 2011
    70
    Zig Zaj is predictably unpredictable, something else again for the artist.
  9. The Wire
    Dec 6, 2011
    70
    Abstract hiphop-heads might be turned off by the slick machismo, but others will have some good dirty fun. [Oct 2011, p.65]
  10. 75
    The 10-minute penultimate track "Tumtum," in particular, is a tiny masterpiece of mood, stamina, and insistent rhythm, built sparingly on overlapping percussion and waves of sound. More of this kind of thing is what will squeak Boom Bip farther from the then and the now, and closer to what comes afterward.

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