• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: May 18, 2004
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. To Rococo Rot's Hotel Morgen is seductive and suggestively sculpted; romance music for people with unforced, natural, and charmingly contrary style.
  2. Hotel Morgen serves as a blend of some of the more appealing aspects of both the electronic avant-garde and its more mainstream dance music wing.
  3. Uncut
    80
    Luddites still unconvinced that digital technology is capable of emotional expression should make this their first stop on the road to enlightenment. [May 2004, p.103]
  4. It's all nice -- very nice. To Rococo Rot have an amazing sense of control over their music. The question is, is it too much control?
  5. Magnet
    70
    The major distinction this time around is the eerily cheery delivery. [#64, p.110]
  6. Hotel Morgen doesn't change a thing, and really, with results this consistent, it shouldn't have to.
  7. It’s not much of a pop record, but it’s very catchy in spots. It’s not experimental in the least, but it does have it’s own specific sound and feel. When it welcomes you in, Hotel Morgen can start to impress you.
  8. Mojo
    70
    A return to basics--14 meticulously sculpted, wordless vignettes tricked out in blurry beats, subtle digital daubs and mellifluous bass counterpoints. [May 2004, p.104]
  9. Hotel Morgen finds To Rococo Rot with a modestly updated sound, the sort of slight seismic shift that may take millions of years to have its say. They understand what classical composers knew: the next symphony won’t bring utter revolution, but as long as it carries the emotional impact of your intent, it’s a grand success.
  10. This record isn't about progressing or regressing, and one hesitates to refer to such a strong, enjoyable listen as a holding pattern.
  11. While there's nothing wrong with any of the disc, it just feels like tracks such as "Dahlem," "Basic," and "Cosimo" have already been done by the group before.
  12. The Wire
    60
    Pleasantly ear friendly and leaves no unpleasant odour or lingering aftertaste. [#243, p.74]
  13. Q Magazine
    60
    [They] have shifted further toward airy accessibility. [Jun 2004, p.107]
  14. Hotel Morgen may be beautifully produced, but despite its expert attention to detail, few of these tracks truly engage in the way they seem meant to.
  15. Despite To Rococo Rot's placid rejection of any exceptionally radical artistic statement, there is a grace and deft care taken on the record not to buoy the stately jams with textural shifts, but to interlock the two in an elegant way that's impressive to the discerning listener. Nevertheless, this is a somewhat uninspiring recording.

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