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Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Mixer
    90
    One of the year's best drum 'n' bass albums. [Dec 2002, p.74]
  2. Urb
    90
    Touching Down evokes the unique funk sensibilities that made his seminal V Records and Full Cycle tracks so damn fresh, while giving you the sense that England's Bristolian isn't returning to anything, since he never left it behind to begin with. [Dec 2002, p.87]
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Basic yet exquisite, like perfectly cooked eggs. [Listen 2 This supplement, Nov 2002, p.14]
  4. 80
    It's refreshing to see a high-profile album like this take a long-form risk and stand on the merits of intuition and musical construction alone.
  5. Mojo
    80
    It's impressive stuff. [Jan 2003, p.100]
  6. Touching Down is thrilling for its purity of thought, and equally chilling for its singular modes and moods.
  7. Alternative Press
    70
    He tweaks frequencies and shades his queasy bass lines like the Neptunes on a diet of Red Bull and espresso beans. [Jan 2003, p.100]
  8. Spin
    60
    Size's fuzzy, string-laden bass bombs seem a tad sober. [Dec 2002, p.141]
  9. The album simply powers its way through 16 tracks of seamlessly mixed high-velocity drum'n'bass.
  10. Touching Down is a fluid set that moves from track to track with little or no delineation. As a result, the album is, at times, redundant.
  11. Q Magazine
    40
    Fine for the dancefloor, less so the sofa. [Dec 2002, p.112]
  12. Rolling Stone
    40
    What's left of his sound is an oddly squirrelly strain of drum-and-bass. [12 Dec 2002, p.98]
  13. Blender
    40
    Touching Down needs vocals, stylistic variation or any kind of respite from the relentless percussive onslaught. [#13, p.98]
  14. Roni Size's new album is vapid, boring and uniform.

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