Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Oct 4, 2011
    90
    With this debut it is clear that O'Halloran and Wiltzie have prosperously joined neutralist ambient and 20th century classical music together. In so doing they've formed aesthetically pleasing sounds which can allure every night-time audience.
  2. Oct 3, 2011
    90
    Composed by two musicians at the height of their craft, the album reveals itself, thus far, as the apex of a limited genre still forming and as one of our finest contemporary acts of remembrance and ascension.
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    90
    This emotive disc balances a hushed intimacy and vast expanse that places it in a unique sonic terrain.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2011
    80
    Another triumph for the post-classical scene. [Oct 2011, p.81]
  5. Mojo
    Oct 5, 2011
    80
    It's an immersive, and inevitably cinematic, ambient gem. [Oct 2011, p.105]
  6. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    The results are, almost inevitably, meditative and cinematic, but also, more unusually for music of this so-called 'post-classical' stripe, rich in melody and genuinely haunting, numinous atmosphere.
  7. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    In the end, Wiltzie and O'Halloran's collaboration stands as an impressive album on its own merits and one of the strongest efforts in the world of Stars of the Lid offshoots.
  8. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    Given that the core members are composer Dustin O'Halloran and Stars of the Lid veteran Adam Wiltzie, it's little surprise that both those conventions, and how to work well beyond them, are within their grasp on this debut release.
  9. Oct 3, 2011
    73
    What's interesting about the sound they've hit on isn't so much what the two musicians bring to each other's styles, as it is what each sacrifices from his own.
  10. Oct 3, 2011
    60
    A beautiful recording but an occasional listen.

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