• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2015
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. 91
    It’s OPN’s most emotional work to date and also his most ridiculous. Its tragedy is bound up with its humor; its sublimity comes from the places where it feels the most broken.
  2. Nov 11, 2015
    90
    A sound collage like no other, Garden of Delete finds Lopatin engaging listeners with an album that almost defies description.
  3. Nov 10, 2015
    90
    It is a wholly singular and groundbreaking release that, while adhering to many past and present genre trends, seems prepared to go further in collating and collaging influences than most other electronic releases dare to go.
  4. Nov 10, 2015
    90
    Garden of Delete is the exceptional post-performance of the readability conjured in the wake of OPN’s work, and as a result, it critiques experimental culture’s desire to fetishize.
  5. Nov 9, 2015
    87
    It is more songful than anything Lopatin has done.
  6. 85
    GOD isn’t about sensory pleasure. It’s about sensory gluttony, auditory overload, and revelling in the difficulty of its pacing.
  7. Dec 16, 2015
    80
    Daniel Lopatin's newest Oneohtrix Point Never album is one of the more unique, powerful recordings to come out this year. It's uncomfortable but distinctly compelling.
  8. Dec 3, 2015
    80
    Lopatin has also called "Lift" a love song of sorts, and it's where his Garden most clearly bursts into bloom.
  9. Nov 23, 2015
    80
    Hyper, aggressive, silly and just-bloody-gorgeous, it's a perfect microcosm of the album as a whole.
  10. Nov 16, 2015
    80
    As dense as R Plus Seven was cleanly sculpted, there's a lot to unpack within Garden of Delete, including its title: a phrase that suggests the meticulous task of editing music as well as the union of creation and destruction (and shortens to G.O.D.), it's the perfect mission statement for an album that combines past and present in surprising, and surprisingly organic ways.
  11. Nov 13, 2015
    80
    In making a record about growing up, Lopatin’s come out on the other side in one mutated piece.
  12. Nov 11, 2015
    80
    It is a complex beast of shade and mood, and it's Lopatin's best work yet.
  13. Uncut
    Nov 9, 2015
    80
    Ultimately dissolves into a beautifully arranged and slightly sickly morass of curdled pop tropes, out of which spurt a bodacious riff or glossy rave arpeggio. Oddly no-one does this better. [Dec 2015, p.76]
  14. Nov 16, 2015
    78
    GOD's interest in questionable styles and its elaborate backstory seem designed to keep things interesting after the giant step forward that was R Plus Seven.
  15. The Wire
    Dec 16, 2015
    70
    Garden Of Delete feels more like an audio showreel than a traditional album. [Nov 2015, p.51]
  16. Dec 11, 2015
    70
    For all its challenges and provocations, Garden Of Delete may actually be more inclusive and open than it first appears. It might be that its moments of hope and beauty (Lift) linger longer in the mind than its very varied assaults.
  17. Nov 9, 2015
    70
    Lopatin still manages to stand out from the pack. Garden of Delete is another adventure watching your own sense of subjectivity drown in a pool of confusion.
  18. Dec 14, 2015
    60
    At its best, you can get lost inside Garden of Delete’s rabbit hole of different directions and unexpected asides, but at other times it’s easy to feel shut-out, as if you’re looking in at someone’s intellectual ADHD, but he’s steadfastly refusing to meet your gaze.
  19. Dec 2, 2015
    60
    Lopatin is never quite able to stand still and enjoy some of the sounds he creates. This remains a project for only a very particular kind of pop picker.
  20. Nov 13, 2015
    60
    He may not be in our world completely yet but you should keep making the trip to his: it really is a trip.
  21. Nov 13, 2015
    60
    Garden of Delete does manage to disturb despite its more frivolous moments.
  22. Mojo
    Nov 9, 2015
    60
    This is Lopatin's most cogent record yet. [Dec 2015, p.91]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 55
  2. Negative: 2 out of 55
  1. Nov 13, 2015
    8
    Daniel Lopatin is unstoppable. From the concept through art, execution, and backstory, there's nothing you can really grab onto but it'sDaniel Lopatin is unstoppable. From the concept through art, execution, and backstory, there's nothing you can really grab onto but it's thrilling and never at all uninteresting. One of his best. Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2015
    8
    This being the first Album I've actually listened to by Danny Boy, it truly is quite the experience, and really is something quite beautifulThis being the first Album I've actually listened to by Danny Boy, it truly is quite the experience, and really is something quite beautiful in a kinda morbid and interesting kinda, slightly ironic, way.

    Yeah I'm digging it, but it does have that issue of being something that isn't really like the most re-listenable material out their, I mean i cant find myself sitting down and listening to this when studying...maybe if im reading a book about philosophy it might inspire me...or dreams....Definitely check this guy out...hes interesting...
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  3. Nov 15, 2015
    10
    Daniel Lopatin returns with yet again, another ambitious and abstract album. This time, Daniel shifts his style of vaporwave and ambient musicDaniel Lopatin returns with yet again, another ambitious and abstract album. This time, Daniel shifts his style of vaporwave and ambient music to take on a much noisier and more abrasive style. However, the album did not fail to disappoint me and is a great experience from start to finish. It is definitely going to be one of my favourite album of this year. Do give it a listen. Full Review »