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Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. May 22, 2014
    90
    Mark T. Smith from Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper of Eluvium have come together as Inventions to construct something that leans on the ingredients of their day-jobs but is simultaneously exactly what a combination of both acts should sound like and somehow greater than the sum.
  2. 80
    Make time for this single-sitting long-player and you will be rewarded.
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    75
    There are times when you know exactly where you want to go and this is the music to take you there.
  4. Apr 28, 2014
    70
    Inventions sets aside such linear development; instead, in a track like “Flood Poems,” the background looms up and submerges the guitar and percussion. Still, the album does head somewhere; marches emerge as the beat strengthens in the album’s closing tracks.
  5. Apr 10, 2014
    70
    There is just enough guitar work and humanity on Inventions to keep it from spiraling off into space.
  6. Apr 8, 2014
    70
    While the pedigree of this project is certainly strong, Inventions stands strong on its own, so although fans of Eluvium and Explosions in the Sky won't have any trouble digging into the album, being a fan of the duo's previous work isn't a part of the price of admission.
  7. Apr 8, 2014
    70
    It's no "High Enough," but it is a damn fine collection of selected ambient works.
  8. Mojo
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    Inventions contains enough streamlined electronic uplift to force your emotions into an altered state of ecstatic euphoria. [Jul 2014, p.88]
  9. 58
    Inventions is another mood-friendly collection of ambient works that never impresses too hard upon your feelings.

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