• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. An album of rich melodies, aggressive percussive breaks and richly textured atmospheres that intelligently synthesize the whole of electronic music history.
  2. Alternative Press
    LFO executes these retro moves with flamboyance and subtlety, so we can forgive Bell his derivativeness. [Nov 2003, p.118]
  3. LFO's gift is an ability to strip Detroit's electronic music of its soul, punishing any soft southern edges with a brutal attack of noise, while still managing moments of subtlety and consistently adventurous beat programming.
  4. "Sheath" sounds immediately of a piece with LFO's earlier work, albeit rife with updated technology and boasting slightly broader ambitions.
  5. A shining example of just how broad and brilliant electronic music can still be in the right hands.
  6. Just a set of productions that prove, once again, Bell is the most imaginative producer in British techno.
  7. If the album has a fault, its that LFO can occasionally be accused of complacency, and a handful of tracks here stray into bog-standard Warp generictronica, but it’s a minor gripe considering the joys on offer elsewhere.
  8. Since LFO hardly need to be innovators to produce a good record, I don't have much problem recommending Sheath, with the caveat that when pleasant, easy-going atmospheres set in, sometimes amiable disinterest on listeners' parts follow shortly.
  9. Q Magazine
    Bell has an instinctive feel for sound but, as Freak's teeth-grinding acid house nostalgia underlines, he won't find a new audience with this. [Oct 2003, p.108]
  10. Uncut
    As a rule, the more breakneck the pace of these instrumentals, the less effective they are. [Nov 2003, p.107]
  11. Mojo
    Some of it hisses and gurgles like early Future Sound Of London. [Oct 2003, p.118]
  12. The Wire
    It's clear that Bell retains a sure grasp of form and dynamics. Hard to shake off, however, is the nagging feeling that you've heard all this before. [#236, p.62]
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. davea
    Oct 15, 2003
    this is going to make you freak!!!