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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for producer Stephen Wilkinson as Bibio features guest appearances from Gotye, Olivier St. Louis, and Wax Stag.
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Petals
To see age in a flower The dawns are speeding up You know it'll hurt you Feel all of a sudden Tired and teary-eyed You knew it'd kill you Don't wear... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 10, 2016
    80
    The result is a convoluted but accessible record that is perhaps Wilkinson’s best to date.
  2. Mar 31, 2016
    80
    Though more than a few of Wilkinson's contemporaries are working in similar territory, A Mineral Love goes beyond mere re-creation. For Bibio, these are the good old days.
  3. Mar 30, 2016
    80
    Against all odds, A Mineral Love is simultaneously Bibio’s most accessible effort, his most daring set of songs to date, and, yes, his masterpiece.
  4. Apr 1, 2016
    80
    His most intricate album to date, A Mineral Love is delicately constructed like tiny cells of a flower.
  5. Mar 30, 2016
    70
    While nostalgia has always been a theme in Bibio's music, it reaches a peak in A Mineral Love, switching between shiny '80s production and the aforementioned decade's more laid-back grooves. It doesn't feel as if Wilkinson has found which of these sounds he prefers yet, meaning that this record never has the consistency to be considered a great rather than good album.
  6. Mar 30, 2016
    68
    A Mineral Love bursts with cheerful, candy-colored falsetto funk, not unlike Ambivalence, while leaving out the crunch and glitch, letting the instruments breathe.
  7. Mar 30, 2016
    50
    On the whole, the album suffers from a bout of dullness, with the majority of tracks mingling in a grey area, struggling to push through their apparent amalgamation and stand on their own.

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  1. Apr 10, 2016
    8
    This is definitely Bibio's best album since Ambivalence Avenue. On Silver Wilkinson and Mind Bokeh, the low points were much lower than theThis is definitely Bibio's best album since Ambivalence Avenue. On Silver Wilkinson and Mind Bokeh, the low points were much lower than the lows on this album. However, the high points don't fully match the top points of Silver Wilkinson (You, A tout a lheure, You Won't Remember) and Mind Bokeh (Anything New, Take Off Your Shirt, Feminine Eye). My personal top tracks are Petals, Town and Country, and Wren Trails, the latter which resembles an old Bibio track to the core. Expand