• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2005
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Campfire does little to surprise.
  2. Despite its lengthy gestation period, there is more than a hint of deja vu about The Campfire Headphase.
  3. I don't fault them for trying some new things, but the results are mixed at best.
  4. Ultimately, The Campfire Headphase shows continuity with the duo's previous recordings but fails to replicate the sheer beauty and awe-inspiring quality of past material, sounding at times like the work of very good Boards of Canada copyists.
  5. “Dayvan Cowboy” is almost worth the price of admission, but it makes the remainder of the album seem derivatively “New Age.”
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 75
  2. Negative: 3 out of 75
  1. Sep 8, 2012
    10
    An absolutely stunning masterpiece, The Campfire Headphase proves that Boards of Canada are deserving of their position at the pinnacle of theAn absolutely stunning masterpiece, The Campfire Headphase proves that Boards of Canada are deserving of their position at the pinnacle of the ambient genre. The woozy and calming vibes emanated throughout are nothing short of unparallelled. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2017
    9
    The Campfire Headphase is a beautiful conglomerate of acoustic guitar and psychedelic synth all without straying from the formulaic, nostalgicThe Campfire Headphase is a beautiful conglomerate of acoustic guitar and psychedelic synth all without straying from the formulaic, nostalgic nature of BoC's previous releases. Full Review »
  3. Jan 2, 2017
    10
    Quite a different take of Boards of Canada when compared to their previous two LPs. The crunch and disturb is replaced with swooning guitarsQuite a different take of Boards of Canada when compared to their previous two LPs. The crunch and disturb is replaced with swooning guitars and strings. Tracks like Peacock Tail and Dayvan Cowboy really showcase this change the most. Definitely a solid record from the brothers Sandison. Full Review »