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Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio release for Daniel Lopatin as Oneohtrix Point Never features contributions from Arca, Caroline Polachek and The Weeknd.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 30, 2020
    By tuning in to his past, Lopatin shares something special with his audience. Equally challenging and comforting, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never just might be the album that moves listeners who appreciated, but didn't fully embrace, his previous music.
  2. Oct 30, 2020
    It is a personal, self-referential record, then, but one of the tenets of radio is the shared listening experience it provides, the sense of togetherness. It isn’t too much of a reach to say that listening to this album helps to process and make sense of these times and, especially, of the state of play of pop-adjacent electronic music.
  3. Oct 29, 2020
    Like any (sorta) self-titled mid-career album, this one functions best as a thrilling overview of what OPN is capable of, from the sample-driven soundscapes of his earlier releases (“Answering Machine”) to the ominous, cinematic thrall of the Uncut Gems soundtrack (“Shifting”). Oneohtrix Point Never’s music has never sounded like it’s angling to get played on radio stations. With Magic Oneohtrix Point Never, he creates his own instead.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 13, 2020
    As ever, it's as unpredictable as it is beguiling. [Jan 2021, p.31]
  5. Oct 30, 2020
    Magic Oneohtrix Point Never touches upon all Lopatin’s usual themes: memory and forgetting, nostalgia, the mystery of taste. But where his treatment of those ideas can sometimes seem academic, the album is shot through with a powerful and pervasive sense of melancholy.
  6. Oct 30, 2020
    The album still comprises some truly enchanting touches that could only have come from him, and often they appear when working around a vocalist. These pop turns envision a world where radio hits have a bit more depth and experimentation, and if Lopatin’s output can continue to minutely steer mainstream music that way, then so much the better.
  7. Oct 29, 2020
    MOPN would have landed much better if it abandoned the balancing act between the past and the present in exchange for wholehearted embrace of Lopatin's current realities. Lopatin has proven to us that he can deliver hits; it's time that he believes it himself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 19, 2020
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. - WSB Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2020
    Lopatin's best work since 2013's "R Plus Seven", it contains a few large features with The Weeknd, Arca, and Nolanberollin.
  3. Nov 4, 2020
    One of Lopatin’s best album: a great compendium of his skills with an unexpected tendency to the emotional, empathetic side, leaving theOne of Lopatin’s best album: a great compendium of his skills with an unexpected tendency to the emotional, empathetic side, leaving the listener with a pleasant and intimate moment, and a warm feeling inside, similar to a nostalgic happiness Expand