• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: May 19, 2015
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
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  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 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 aThis 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 expand to view. 8.5
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81

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.