• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Aug 26, 2014
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
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  1. 83
    On Green Language, we witness risks. We listen anxiously as Rustie bets a Brinks truck on his emotional wherewithal, and that bet pays out exponentially.
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 29, 2014
    80
    The vocalist work fine but instrumentals like Tempest and Velcro demonstrate that Rustie's personality is plenty big enough on its own. [Oct 2014, p.118]
  3. Aug 26, 2014
    80
    Whyte has made an LP that rises and falls gracefully, proving that even his brand of everything-all-the-time dance music has room for nuance and subtlety.
  4. Aug 26, 2014
    80
    Isolating his experimental tendencies to specific tracks leads to some uneven pacing on the album's second half. Otherwise, Green Language fully delivers, serving as a fascinating turn for an artist who earned his reputation by essentially bashing fans into submission with bass.
  5. Aug 25, 2014
    80
    Rustie's hyper-enjoyable second album derives its title and some odd peacefulness from an unlikely source: birdsong, aka the green language, which was to medieval mystics the perfect mode of expression.
  6. Aug 25, 2014
    80
    For his second album, also released on Warp, Rustie indeed slows it down a bit and peels away some layers, but he does so without making any concessions to politeness.
  7. Aug 22, 2014
    80
    At a time when fellow Scots Hudson Mohawke, Calvin Harris and Jackmaster are making names for themselves across electronic music genres, Rustie's sitting in a space that's all his own.
  8. Sep 5, 2014
    75
    Green Language feels like yet another standout release from the thinking man's Skillex. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.81]
  9. Aug 27, 2014
    72
    The main issue with Green Language is that it feels scattered.
  10. Aug 26, 2014
    70
    On one level, these tracks might be compared to ambient music in its non-teleological synthesized progressions that are more concerned with exploration than attainment. But there is still an astonishing feeling of fluid movement maintained throughout, thereby avoiding stagnancy.
  11. 70
    Green Language is an adventurous, enthralling, emotional and frequently brilliant album, then. And yet, from an artist of such rare talent, it’s also a frustrating, slightly underwhelming one.
  12. Aug 25, 2014
    70
    It doesn’t hit the heights of his debut nor is it quite so thrilling; however, it is certainly an impressive work nonetheless.
  13. Aug 22, 2014
    70
    There are great tracks on Green Language, but a lack of consistency stops it from being a great album.
  14. Unfortunately, Rustie’s seemingly inherent need to zig when expected to zag has resulted in an awkwardly stitched together ragdoll of otherwise intriguing and successful pieces.
  15. Sep 9, 2014
    60
    Green Language is by no means a bad album, but there are glimpses of an adrenaline shot of a record that could have been made.
  16. Aug 28, 2014
    60
    Originality may not abound but Green Language still remains an undeniably fun record to sink your teeth into.
  17. Aug 26, 2014
    60
    Sometimes Rustie's at the rave ("Raptor"), other times he's chilling on the porch ("Green Language") and still others he's rocking out in the garage ("A Glimpse" ends with a 16-second dream-punk hit)--but he's never easy to pin down.
  18. 60
    There are certainly high points to be found here, but the feeling that vital cogs in the Rustie machinery are missing never quite subsides.
  19. Aug 22, 2014
    60
    The sugar is here, but teeth will get itchier.
  20. Aug 22, 2014
    60
    The inconsistencies within Green Language, unfortunately, undermine the potential beauty of the album’s closing few minutes.
  21. The Wire
    Dec 2, 2014
    50
    Deprived of the rushing, crescendoless highs of Glass Swords, the tracks often seem to struggle to articulate their fascination, or to find satisfying structures. [Sep 2014, p.60]
  22. Sep 10, 2014
    50
    It is largely an album that, despite finding acmes in doing what Rustie does best, has more troughs than peaks, and lacks the impish, distinctive touches that made Glass Swords such a striking listen.
  23. Aug 29, 2014
    50
    It’s most thrilling moments are the ones you’ve already heard before.
  24. 50
    Not all DJs can be producers and vice versa. Rustie’s trendsetting ability is rivaled by few, but that hasn’t translated into an equally challenging full-length endeavor.
  25. Aug 26, 2014
    50
    Up and down we go, and each time the adrenaline rush lessens.
  26. Sep 9, 2014
    30
    13 songs in 36 minutes is a constrictive ratio for a record with so many proposed ideas, and its brevity makes Rustie’s ideas sound especially half-hearted. It’s bad enough that he doesn’t give the more physical tracks enough time to flex their muscles, but the tracks which suffer most are the briefer, more innocuous pieces.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    4
    Huge letdown after Glass Swords. The songs have no real emotion, and the vocal guests are absolutely garbage. The only things I really likeHuge letdown after Glass Swords. The songs have no real emotion, and the vocal guests are absolutely garbage. The only things I really like this album for are its pacing (it keeps you at least interested as the songs pass) and some of the soundscapes that are created. Also, there are some stupid mixing errors that I never expected a seemingly smart artist like Rustie to make! It's just not good. Favorite track: Velcro Full Review »
  2. Nov 1, 2014
    8
    This album is a complete 180 from Glass Swords. If you enjoy new and experimental music, please listen to this album. If you don't likeThis album is a complete 180 from Glass Swords. If you enjoy new and experimental music, please listen to this album. If you don't like change, stop and go back to the same old. This album is a breath of fresh air. Those who wanted a Glass Swords 2.0 will be disappointed, but those who want to see an artist grow and attempt to take on new styles will appreciate this album. Yes, it has popish songs that will turn the original Rustie fan off and all that **** listen as a fan of art and evolution of creativity and the artistic style that Rustie is battling with in this fresh offering of experimental fun...yes fun...ENJOY IT!!!! Full Review »