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  • Summary: The ninth full-length release for the Canadian artist who uses cassette players, reel-to-reel machines and synthesizers to create his sound was recorded in a variety of places in Vancouver.
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  • Record Label: Fat Cat
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic, Neo-Classical, Tape Music
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mojo
    Jul 6, 2016
    100
    The result is fittingly breathtaking, a singer destroying his own work, yet creating something more elegiac and profound in the process. [Aug 2016, p.90]
  2. Jul 19, 2016
    90
    Craig has become so good at his craft that one might be tempted to call Centres a magnum opus--it’s certainly grand enough.
  3. Magnet
    Aug 9, 2016
    90
    For all its listenability, Centres is still wildly inventive. [No. 133, p.55]
  4. Uncut
    Jul 6, 2016
    80
    There's an addictive, hypnagogic quality to this ghostly combination of ambient noise, treated vocals and bursts if static. [Aug 2016, p.73]
  5. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    He has vision and ambition beyond the scope of most of us and he is able to bring it to fruition. Long may he find new fans for his challenging but deeply satisfying work.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jul 6, 2016
    80
    A Circle Without Having To Curve is a billowing transmission from some gigantic sullen hulk. Elsewhere texture, hiss and layered voices head into abstraction, but if you think he's afraid of revealing himself, the voice and guitar reprise Contain (Cedar Version) ends the album with a sweet re-entry to the daylight. [Aug 2016, p.110]
  7. Jul 15, 2016
    60
    In between more scattered wibblings, (sometimes overly) damaged yet lush textures abound on this long but often rather good and shoegazing-influenced record, the vocalist’s true worth finally being illustrated on the naked Purpose (Is No Country).

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  1. Jul 13, 2016
    10
    I listened to this album before I went to bed last night and was completely relaxed. I was moved by the chorus, the ambiance, and theI listened to this album before I went to bed last night and was completely relaxed. I was moved by the chorus, the ambiance, and the timeless spirit of the music. I highly recommend listening to 'Purpose (Is no Country)' and 'Power Colour Spirit Animal'. You will hear such an intricate and enlightening combination of sounds. Expand

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