Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. 91
    The self-proclaimed final album showcases the best of the duo's trance-y instrumentals, propulsive hooks, and bubbling beats. [14/21 Nov 2014, p.105]
  2. Nov 7, 2014
    90
    While we wait to see what lays in store for Röyksopp's future, we can be thankful that they've offered us such fully realized package, one that reminds us of the power of the full-length and of what has made them such singular figures in electronic music.
  3. 90
    This is a stunning record, principally because of its narrative arc and complete cohesion--it's easy to see why they're leaving the traditional format if they've perfected it.
  4. Q Magazine
    Dec 8, 2014
    80
    It tails off slightly with too much frosted minor chord melancholy and some monochrome male vocalists, but there's nothing to suggest creative exhaustion. [Jan 2015, p.129]
  5. Uncut
    Dec 4, 2014
    80
    The Inevitable End is a bittersweet triumph. [Jan 2015, p.76]
  6. Mojo
    Nov 19, 2014
    80
    [The Inevitable End] overflows with regret and sorrow. [Dec 2014, p.96]
  7. Nov 13, 2014
    80
    The Inevitable End will never be looked upon as a terribly uplifting experience, but its lyrical content treats heartache, despair, self-hatred, remorse, depression, and the fear of the unknown with utter respect.
  8. Nov 10, 2014
    80
    It's a strong finale in the duo's signature style and whether or not this truly is the end or merely the end of their album era, The Inevitable End sits among the best in Röyksopp's catalog.
  9. Nov 10, 2014
    80
    The Inevitable End accepts its own strengths and faults in one fatal blow, just like any last gasp should.
  10. Nov 6, 2014
    80
    The Inevitable End, whilst more reflective and introspective, is little different. If this is the end of this current stage of the Röyksopp story, it’s a pretty classy way to bow out.
  11. 75
    The Inevitable End closes Röyksopp’s career with neither a bang nor a whimper.
  12. Nov 11, 2014
    70
    The album builds on the pair's impressive collaborative EP with Robyn, Do It Again, reinforcing that project's themes of legacy, repetition and dedication.
  13. Nov 10, 2014
    70
    Though the album doesn't skimp on potentially insufferable moments of bottom-lip-biting farewell (the final song is titled "Thank You," after all), the best tracks boast a fiercely renewed energy that suggests Berge and Brundtland still have much more to offer.
  14. Dec 1, 2014
    60
    Even though the songs are full of warm analog synths, a strong sense of cold melancholy and anxiety permeates even the most upbeat electro-pop moments.
  15. Nov 10, 2014
    60
    Röyksopp have always married darkness to their beats, but here, across more than an hour, it’s too unremitting to welcome repeat listening.
  16. Nov 10, 2014
    60
    The Norwegian duo’s once naive sound has evolved to a smarter, more lyrically resonant electronica, and if it weren’t for a couple of whimsical ballads, this would be a powerful, cohesive goodbye.
  17. Nov 6, 2014
    60
    The makers of Poor Leno and Remind Me are recognisably present, but so is the group that creates coffee-table electronica so ennui-laden that one feels the tiredness, boredom and despair descending as one listens.
  18. Nov 6, 2014
    60
    There are lovely moments on this album, but often they are repeated far too many times and for far too long; it's a fatal mishandling of what could be a lithe and catchy collection of electro-pop.
  19. Nov 14, 2014
    59
    Despite capable guest vocalists, including Robyn herself, it's generally devoted to glossy, bittersweet electronic drifts that are too slow, too long, or too bland to hold interest for 60 minutes, though often unobjectionable in smaller servings.
  20. 58
    The Inevitable End doesn’t have too much to say that hasn’t already been said either by Röyksopp or their descendants. But when it does hit on something, it screams its lungs dry.
  21. 50
    It's the sound of a band once introspective but alive, now lost, depressed and completely unavailable.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Jan 25, 2015
    10
    Royksopp have released their best album yet, it's almost fitting that this is their grand finale of the album format. The album itself has atRoyksopp have released their best album yet, it's almost fitting that this is their grand finale of the album format. The album itself has at least 7 instant favorites, with Sordid Affair being my personal spotlight.

    T.I.E is nowhere near perfect, but regardless, in my opinion this album does warrant a 10. At first, I really didn't enjoy the album but after about the 4th replay, I really started to embrace most of the songs for what they really are: a bittersweet lullaby.

    If you've listened to previous Royksopp albums in the past and liked them, I highly recommend listening to The Inevitable End.
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  2. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    Here they come again. They've put together the best of Junior and the best of Senior in one Double-Album. They even have collaborations withHere they come again. They've put together the best of Junior and the best of Senior in one Double-Album. They even have collaborations with Robyn, Susanne Sundfor and other incredible people who add a great "touch" to their music. I couldn't be more satisfied with T.I.E. Full Review »
  3. Mar 18, 2015
    10
    The Inevitable End epitomizes the best of the electronic music genre and shows Röyksopp at their songwriting peak. As the title alludes, thisThe Inevitable End epitomizes the best of the electronic music genre and shows Röyksopp at their songwriting peak. As the title alludes, this is ostensibly their last studio album which would be a sad thing if true. It is a cohesive unit that begs to be heard end to end, not as a collection of individual tracks, which is a rare thing in today's single driven pop music scene.

    Röyksopp has always been adept at seamlessly integrating guest vocalists into their music, all while maintaining their identity and cohesiveness as a group and this album shows that skill off well. The Robyn fronted tracks are great, especially the updated version of Monument, which has a much more hard driving edge than the original which appeared on Do It Again. Save Me featuring Susanne Sundfør is a tightly produced, emotionally charged piece that harkens back to Junior.

    Sordid Affair featuring Man Without Country has a great story to tell with a a richly textured backdrop of pads and a driving rhythm. I Had This Thing Here and She Comes Again featuring Jamie McDermott are further examples of guest artists showcasing a unique lyrical and vocal style while conforming to the overall theme of an album, for which Röyksopp is renowned.

    The Inevitable End is a well crafted long player - let's hope it isn't really their last!
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