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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British indie rock band was produced by Charlie Andrew.
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In Cold Blood
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Jun 5, 2017
    90
    What truly elevates Relaxer for me is that it finally feels like Alt-J is extending their creative reach.
  2. Jun 1, 2017
    80
    This all-over-the-map approach makes Relaxer a bit dizzying and tough to digest at first, and yet you'll be immediately captivated and intrigued by its distinctive mix. And once you give it a few more listens, many of its varied songs will worm their way into your ears as some of this summer's best indie rock offerings.
  3. Jun 2, 2017
    80
    They’ve created something quite distinct from their former work. In this regard, Relaxer places them firmly back on track.
  4. 60
    Relaxer is effectively Alt-J’s folk album: still studious and tending towards complexity, but here tempered by a rootedness that snags emotions more directly.
  5. 60
    Fans may balk at the curveballs--Hit Me Like That Snare is a louche garage-rock foray--but they telegraph the self-assurance that doesn’t rely on overcomplication.
  6. Jul 19, 2017
    50
    In Cold Blood follows and is excellent, with code-like vocals and a brass-funk cascade drenching a menacing chorus. Hit Me Like That Snare is alt-J flexing their nerdiness, and Deadcrush is great. The final three tracks of the record are painfully boring and terminally so.
  7. Jun 23, 2017
    20
    Alt-J’s retelling of this age-old tale of ill repute has less edge than a mesh sack of Babybel cheeses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 29, 2017
    10
    What a fantastic album, definitely one of the best albums I have listened to this year. I was blown away, it is positive, upbeat andWhat a fantastic album, definitely one of the best albums I have listened to this year. I was blown away, it is positive, upbeat and definitely a strong recommendation for the masses. I absolutely loved everything about it. Started off strong & maintained throughout. I can't wait to listen to it again, and again. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2017
    9
    Una mezcla de moods/tracks que son un mundo con propia vida cada uno y muy distintos entre sí, sin embargo tan buenos que dan la impresión deUna mezcla de moods/tracks que son un mundo con propia vida cada uno y muy distintos entre sí, sin embargo tan buenos que dan la impresión de suceder con mucha velocidad, creando la sensación de una entrega sólida. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2017
    9
    This album is one of alt-J's more consistent albums. It's short, and sweet. The lyrics are great, and the music is more upbeat than theirThis album is one of alt-J's more consistent albums. It's short, and sweet. The lyrics are great, and the music is more upbeat than their previous material. Were I to say a problem with this record it would be their version of House of the Rising Sun; it's a little boring. Expand
  4. Jun 11, 2017
    7
    A nice attention to detail in the deliverance of the sound as well as the crucial harmonic structures rounded out a cool and pleasant work,A nice attention to detail in the deliverance of the sound as well as the crucial harmonic structures rounded out a cool and pleasant work, but more prominence and direction within the exposed melodic layers would have made it even greater. My Score: 132/180 (Solid) = 7.3/10 Expand
  5. Jun 3, 2017
    7
    A very consistent and focused project by Alt-J. Although on the first listen it might sound very flat at places, on later ones you'll noticeA very consistent and focused project by Alt-J. Although on the first listen it might sound very flat at places, on later ones you'll notice heavy inspiration from artists like Radiohead and Imagine Dragons. It starts off very strong with "3WW", a very calming and melodic song in the first half becoming more layered in the second, and "In Cold Blood", a melo-dramatic arena-sized epic. What follows those two is sometimes wonderful and sometimes mixed. "Deadcrush" is a moody track, led by eerie vocals and a crushing bassline, while the cover of "House of the Rising Sun" is a slog that only accomplished to sound different than the original. "Adeline" and "Last Year" are generally quiet, spacious tracks, while "Pleader" is a great closer, with a choir and strings at the forefront. All things considered, Relaxer is a worthwhile album, although maybe a bit short for Alt-J fans.
    Favourites: "3WW", "In Cold Blood", "Deadcrush"
    Least Favourites: "House of the Rising Sun"
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  6. Jun 3, 2017
    7
    definitely a unique album BUT what I find most fascinating is the musical style in relation to the album artwork. The artwork is rippeddefinitely a unique album BUT what I find most fascinating is the musical style in relation to the album artwork. The artwork is ripped straight from an obscure Playstation video game called LSD and if you are familiar with the game, the music in this album COULD be put into the game without anyone noticing. If anyone wants a seriously trippy, unique, and seriously strange experience go watch some videos of that game and maybe put some ALT-J in the background.. truly freaky stuff! Expand
  7. Jun 6, 2017
    5
    I was so excited to see them release a new album, but on my first listen, I was a little disappointed. The album is going for a slower pace,I was so excited to see them release a new album, but on my first listen, I was a little disappointed. The album is going for a slower pace, more calming relaxing sound overall, which I didn't really enjoy from them. All songs are alright, but only In Cold Blood is really good, and feels like a true Alt-J song. 3WW and Deadcrush also stand out, but the other songs just don't really differentiate themselves and make the album tedious for me to listen from start to finish.

    This is definitely their worst album. As an overall album, its ok, and I wouldn't mind owning it, or having it play in a restaurant or coffee shop while I'm there, but as an Alt-J album, it was disappointing.
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