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  • Summary: The third full-length release for Ernest Greene's chillwave project features a DVD of the visual album.
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Million Miles Away
So Need a place to hide away A chance to find a better place To turn it all around Fine Choose a little peace of mind Break out from the 9 to 5 And... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Uncut
    Jun 28, 2017
    80
    The visual-album version is the trippiest means of experiencing Ernest Greene's third full-length under his Washed Out moniker. Yet the music is sufficiently enthralling on its own. [Aug 2017, p.38]
  2. Jul 7, 2017
    80
    Actually, the best way to experience what Mister Mellow is really about is to give the visual component of the album a go first. Yes, the audio more than stands up on its own, but the artwork courtesy a variety of incredibly talented artists really does a more comprehensive job of fleshing out Greene’s overall vision.
  3. Jun 28, 2017
    70
    They're disorienting, at times disturbing and very abstract, which basically makes it the perfect visual representation of the album. The record feels like it's falling apart at times, but there's beauty in its disarray--like its accompanying videos, it's hard to look away.
  4. Aug 4, 2017
    70
    Our only gripe is with its brevity--29 minutes is too short.
  5. Jun 29, 2017
    67
    Truly, it all feels right on Mister Mellow, which is why it doesn’t leave much of an impression. Even if Mister Mellow asked more of Greene than any prior Washed Out album, it lacks the artistic ambition and tension that made his work endure beyond a blurry moment in the sun.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jul 6, 2017
    60
    Get Lost is a deliberate break with the woozy synths of his earlier work. The rest of the LP doesn't quite follow through n that adventurousness. [Aug 2017, p.112]
  7. Aug 9, 2017
    50
    With Mister Mellow, Washed Out seems to have lost his gift of storytelling that made his debut album a reference to dream pop bands and electronic producers. Skimming through the tracks, they feel soulless and are disguised as part of ‘a concept’.

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  1. Jul 5, 2017
    9
    A chillwave's masterpiece. It feels like one 30 min song split in 12 parts. I could not expect anything less than this from Ernest Green.A chillwave's masterpiece. It feels like one 30 min song split in 12 parts. I could not expect anything less than this from Ernest Green. Mister Mellow was totally worth the waiting. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2017
    7
    Pretty much different than anything he’s ever done. The proper songs here are wonderful. “Floating By” is quite possibly the best Washed OutPretty much different than anything he’s ever done. The proper songs here are wonderful. “Floating By” is quite possibly the best Washed Out track around; however, there are too many interludes. Sure most of them are relaxing and nice, and the album flows nicely, but they’re so short. They just whiz by leaving you wanting more. I also am not a huge fan of all the random sound effects thrown in the mix. They don’t hinder the overall experience much, but it would’ve been better with them left out.

    This feels more like something that would play in parts during a commercial break on MTV, especially with the visual album thing he’s got going on here.

    Bottom line: it’s great, but it’s way too short for what it is. “Floating By” and “Hard to Say Goodbye” are very great standouts.
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