Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Apr 22, 2015
    90
    Jlin has provided us with evidence of veins untapped, an obscure map of zones still to be colonized in the name of the dance. If you care about footwork at all, you need to hear this album.
  2. Apr 16, 2015
    90
    In its breadth of ambition and stunningly realised sounds, Dark Energy delivers more than just a new twist on an established style. Remaining tightly linked to the music of Jlin's forebears and contemporaries, it nonetheless maps out an inspiring and tantalising glimpse of electronic music's future.
  3. Apr 16, 2015
    85
    Dark Energy has all the hallmarks of footwork--its frenzied pacing, arrhythmic kick drums, a graphic command of blank space--executed with clear-eyed self-determination. This gives the album an opaque, thoughtful quality.
  4. Apr 16, 2015
    82
    Jlin has plenty to say, and she has a remarkably strong and distinctive voice with which to say it.
  5. Dec 22, 2015
    80
    Tense, thrilling, and a bit frightening, Dark Energy is simply one of the most compelling debut albums of 2015.
  6. The Wire
    May 15, 2015
    80
    Complex puzzles for nimble feet to crack, custom-built for dancing. [Apr 2015, p.52]
  7. Apr 16, 2015
    80
    It’s a fascinating, detailed and absorbing album, and one of the best electronic/dance albums I’ve heard in many months.
  8. Apr 16, 2015
    80
    As Burial is to dubstep, Jlin is an artist who belongs to her genre, but has an eye on where it could go next.