• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Dec 2, 2022

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 2, 2022
    Barnes's first outing in seven years offers a timely blast of healing positivity, all but impossible to resist. [Jan 2023, p.84]
  2. 80
    The album’s two mightiest bangers are already out: Pulse boasts the kind of bass and 808 combo that gets your rig banned from venues, and Accumulator layers elements on with the skill that comes from ratcheting up the pressure on ravers for 30 years. But there are more workouts here invoking everything from electro to the eeriness of Boards of Canada.
  3. 80
    Behind its rather mundane title, This is What We Do contains multitudes of grooves, with both a positive spirit and a physical imperative that are nigh-on impossible to resist.
  4. Uncut
    Dec 2, 2022
    A fourth album that feels fervently human for all the machine-tooled precision it otherwise demonstrates. [Jan 2023, p.21]
  5. Dec 2, 2022
    Though the magic isn’t always present on This Is What We Do, there is still a creative drive that makes the case for Barnes’ continuing relevance into the 2020s.
  6. Dec 9, 2022
    The eleven tracks here are life-affirming and motivational, from the evocative mother and daughter scaling a mountainous landscape on the cover, to the big beats that pervade This Is What We Do. The problem with the album as a listening experience is that it lacks a change of pace.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 3, 2023
    I've been a long time fan of Leftfield. Leftism is still in my top 10 all-time lists of the best electronic music ever. Maybe a slight lessI've been a long time fan of Leftfield. Leftism is still in my top 10 all-time lists of the best electronic music ever. Maybe a slight less successful Rhythm and Stealth remains high as well. Alternative Light Source was IMHO the weakest album they made. It took me a while listening TIWWD to get some positive impressions (couple of listenings). First impression was not so positive. Music sounded generic, outdated, somehow stuck in the 90's. Though it isn't a bad thing after all. Mainly because Leftfield only released 4 albums in almost 30 years. They really don't need to follow music trends. Electronic music is probably the fastest changing music genre: So if you wanna be succesful you must follow trends who rapidly change in couple of months maybe a year or two maximum. Standout tracks are: Full Way Round, Making a Difference, Accumulator, Power of Listening. Progressive house mixed with dub and reggae and some techno still lingers on! Full Review »