• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2001
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Pound for pound, the songs of Pause are far more interesting and multi-layered than most of your general ambient music available on the shelves today.... A mesmerizing work.
  2. A far more sonically ambitious statement than its predecessors, perfectly fusing organic sounds with production techniques that are usually the preserve of underground dance producers or R&B mavericks.
  3. It is its author Kieran Hebden's best work to date and confirms the prolific young soundmeister as a major talent.
  4. This is an album that seems to effortlessly evoke the kind of lazy summer days that everyone claims only ever happened when they were kids.
  5. You could take this release and pair it up with Boards Of Canada's In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country for a back-to-back hit of sunny, frolic-in-a-sunny-field goodness.
  6. Without resorting to sappy new age or yuppie lounge cliches, Hebden has created a blissed-out ambient album for the post-rave generation.
  7. Resonance
    80
    A strange and delightful record full of surprises. [#32, p.56]
  8. Organic as dirt, and full of an acidhead's sense of space, this one's a winner from start to finish.
  9. When measured against Four Tet's prior output, this latest effort does come as something of a disappointment; but by most other yardsticks, it's downright brilliant.
  10. There's a rural beauty, crafted by man and machine, in places as exotic as an orchid.
  11. Urb
    80
    An utterly modern, far-out reverie of an album. The whole thing works like a charm. [Oct 2001, p.128]
  12. It's a good-natured and engaging mix of subtle sample manipulation, music concrete, downtempo dance beats and pop experiments.
  13. Hebden has a rare ability to make his delicate instrumentals engaging and unpretentious.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 3, 2019
    10
    Pause remains the most organic and grounded Four Tet album; listening is almost a spiritual experience.
  2. JonFriskC
    Aug 28, 2006
    10
    Fantastic
  3. jasonh
    Jul 7, 2005
    10
    A one-man mission to bring folk music kicking and screaming into the 21st century...slips effortlessly between genres, adding hip-hop and A one-man mission to bring folk music kicking and screaming into the 21st century...slips effortlessly between genres, adding hip-hop and R'n'B to an already potent mix of influence... has the ability to create exquisite soundscapes that are also moving expressions of human emotion. Full Review »