• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: May 19, 2015
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Jun 3, 2015
    90
    On paper, then, the concept of an album that comes so consummately out of this context may not be the most appealing. In reality, Herndon's second full-length proper, Platform, which does just that, is one of the best records you'll hear this year.
  2. May 18, 2015
    90
    This is very much an album that feels necessary right now--one that packs a political punch without being didactic or evangelical--and offers positive thinking, including a clarion call of co-operative and community responses to global issues.
  3. May 15, 2015
    90
    It's always drifting, skilfully, from challenging noise to fragmented affection in the most beguiling way possible.
  4. Uncut
    May 6, 2015
    90
    Platform is not a manifesto, but it feels like a galvanising challenge to Herndon's peers to embolden their ideas, broaden their horizons and push on into an undiscovered continent of sound. [Jun 2015, p.70]
  5. May 21, 2015
    87
    Despite the wide scope of her project, Herndon’s ambitious efforts are appealingly multifaceted and personal, and Platform may turn out to be the most thought-provoking experimental electronic music release of the year.
  6. 85
    While still creating boundless, exceptional fringe-pop, on Platform Herndon is finding countless new ways to hold our attention: deploying a greater sense of narrative, an emboldened melodic arsenal and enough enthusiasm to remind us why she remains a vital voice in peripheral pop.
  7. Jun 3, 2015
    80
    Platform is full of beautifully corrupted, synthesised signals.
  8. May 19, 2015
    80
    Just as Holly Herndon's debut album Movement had abundant layers in its title alone, its follow-up Platform is just as nuanced in how it combines political, technological and structural and ideological concepts into a single word.
  9. May 18, 2015
    80
    On her second album she manages to sound both futuristic and steeped in history.
  10. The Wire
    May 15, 2015
    80
    The ten laptop compositions of Platform are brilliant, thrilling articulations of many of her ideas. [May 2015, p.50]
  11. May 14, 2015
    80
    At once Herndon’s most accessible and most adventurous record, this is digital age avant-garde sound art put through a pop prism, and it’s all the more exciting as a result.
  12. May 14, 2015
    80
    It’s another classy effort from an increasingly great band.
  13. Q Magazine
    May 6, 2015
    80
    Platform is always engaged and engaging, the questions it raises never merely academic. [Jun 2015, p.107]
  14. Excepting curious conceptual moments like massage fantasy ‘Lonely At The Top'--Platform can concentrate on being beautiful electronic pop: think The Knife 2.0, perhaps.
  15. 75
    Platform is continuously emotive, although it never quite tops the peak of “Chorus”.
  16. May 6, 2015
    75
    Platform is a record that reveals itself slowly. An intelligent, intoxicating electronica record that draws the listener in and revealing new truths as it goes.
  17. Jul 29, 2015
    70
    Everything about this finely wrought yet diabolically chaotic album feeds a theme: The more we try to manicure reality, in life and online, the messier it gets.
  18. Jun 25, 2015
    70
    Even if this record isn't perfect, it's clear that she will become an influential figure in high-brow electronic music.
  19. Jun 9, 2015
    70
    Holly Herndon is far too conceptual to ever really merit banal classification as a techno or electronic producer, and with a bigger platform (intentional), she shows that her vision opens a multitude of possibilities that go beyond genre. Platform isn’t the album to realize that potential, so obvious since Movement, but it’s a tantalizing taste of the future.
  20. May 20, 2015
    70
    It’s structurally confounding, simultaneously weirder and more welcoming than any of the other material she’s released to date.
  21. May 19, 2015
    70
    In a way, on Platform too, there’s just too much control on the artist’s side and not enough room for engagement on the listener end. Still, Herndon is just setting to work as a musician, and she’s already pushing her sound well beyond the experiments of the 20th-century avant-garde.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. May 21, 2015
    9
    This album can be interpreted from nuances. It relies on texture and the presentation of unusual sounds and synths. The small, instead of theThis album can be interpreted from nuances. It relies on texture and the presentation of unusual sounds and synths. The small, instead of the large, is in focus. It wants to make the sum of the parts greater than the whole. Through that philosophy, Herndon can invite you to enjoy a type of music that can only be brought on by the mentality of the digital age, an age that has created a social infatuation with culture, 6-second movies, and ASMR videos.

    It will stick to some commonalities with other artists like Aphex Twin and Amon Tobin, that might either persuade or dissuade listeners, but the album's different enough to be worth listening to despite opinion related to other IDM artists.

    It's also really good.
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  2. Aug 9, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. 8.5
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