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  • Summary: This is the tenth studio release for the British collective led by Darius Keeler.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mojo
    Feb 2, 2015
    80
    Their tenth album is grand, moody and elegant in all the right places. [Feb 2015, p.90]
  2. 70
    In Restriction, Archive have created an album that does a fine job of representing their eclectic ethos, but this eclecticism also leads the album to occasionally touch on the edge of incoherence.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 12, 2015
    60
    Restriction certainly has its moments, but you have to wade through a lot of dross to find them. [Feb 2015, p.73]
  4. Jan 12, 2015
    60
    Archive seem strangely restricted, dulling their more inventive edges with a black-and-white quality of mood, texture, rhythm and melody, that leaves you craving emotional colour.
  5. Jan 21, 2015
    60
    It is a shame, as when this album shines, with tracks like 'Kid Corner' and even 'Ruination', it seems like Archive could have really been onto something here, but have just missed the mark.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jan 12, 2015
    60
    They've deployed four singers, reined in their more cinematic flourishes and gone for a punchier approach. Those four singers inevitably mean a lack of cohesion. [Feb 2015, p.105]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jan 20, 2015
    9
    It's a style. Archive knows how to make good music, different in this world of bands and artists that seem lazy and are guided by fashion orIt's a style. Archive knows how to make good music, different in this world of bands and artists that seem lazy and are guided by fashion or trends. They sound solid in their own way of composition in the electronic/rock even psychedelic field. Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2015
    8
    A little bit lack of entity, but in general another great record of Archive. Not as good as You All Look the Same to Me, Controlling CrowdsA little bit lack of entity, but in general another great record of Archive. Not as good as You All Look the Same to Me, Controlling Crowds and Controlling Crowds Part 4, but still really worth to listen. Expand
  3. Jan 27, 2015
    1
    This is the worst album Archive has made over the past 15 years(including eps and osts). The unique and soothing sound that has been theirThis is the worst album Archive has made over the past 15 years(including eps and osts). The unique and soothing sound that has been their trademark since inception is in this album torn apart by a minimalistic influence and focus on vocal performances. Archive has previously been known for weaving several melodies and instruments into masterpieces. Where you would use to hear silence and low points, you now get drum machines and melodies identical to the vocals. What you're left with is wishing that the entire album was silent. Expand