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  • Summary: The seventh studio release for Matthew Cooper is a double LP with a guest appearance by Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo.
  • Record Label: Temporary Residence
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Ambient
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 10, 2013
    90
    With vocals creeping into the closer "Happiness," not once does Cooper put a foot wrong, creating an album that borders on perfection. [Jun 2013, p.96]
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    80
    Kite breezes of melodic distortion blur into fog banks of silver noise before everything goes Dream-psych with Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on hazy closer Happiness. [Jul 2013, p.87]
  3. May 10, 2013
    80
    Cooper's ability to infuse a very human emotional arc into his wordless sheets of sound is a large part of what's made his body of work so captivating. Electronic webs meet with patient piano moments throughout Nightmare Ending, sometimes casting heavy shadows of fear or pain, other times offering relief from that very pain.
  4. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    It’s restlessly beautiful stuff.
  5. May 10, 2013
    78
    It’s a much more jagged experience; a patchwork as opposed to an exercise in consistency. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it, Nightmare Ending manages to be Eluvium’s most evocative and interesting work to date.
  6. May 30, 2013
    78
    It's a long glorious exhalation of energies not actually dissipated, as it seemed for a while, but only multiplying in force under suppression.
  7. May 10, 2013
    60
    There's no shortage of pretty sounds, but it's too easy to drift into the reliable ebb and flow of this album's amniotic dynamic. [No. 98, p.54]

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  1. May 27, 2013
    10
    Wow! This album truly is an absolute masterpiece. As someone who loves all types of ambient music, I am surprised that I've never heard ofWow! This album truly is an absolute masterpiece. As someone who loves all types of ambient music, I am surprised that I've never heard of Matthew Cooper's work before and I am just absolutely amazed. So much emotion put into an album that it almost makes me wanna cry even before the first song is over. This album is great and I'm definitely going to be looking at more of this guys work. Expand