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  • Summary: First recorded in 2010, the collaboration between the Detroit techno producer with the Les Siecles Orchestra, French conductor François-Xavier Roth, and Francesco Tristano is finally released.
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  1. May 9, 2017
    90
    Although Versus is certainly not a place for casual Craig fans to start, nor is it designed for the dance floor crowd, it's an achievement that appropriately showcases one of Detroit's finest exports.
  2. Mojo
    May 9, 2017
    80
    Brass blasts and strings reveal cinematic vistas. [Jun 2017, p.95]
  3. May 9, 2017
    80
    Verses certainly seems like a project that was labored over for such a long time, and it ends up being entirely worth it. It sounds seamless and organic, and avoids the novelty aspect of Jeff Mills' Blue Potential.
  4. May 11, 2017
    80
    Passages of pummeling grooves, emotional strings and delicate piano are impressively tied together by Craig’s dancefloor expertise.
  5. May 9, 2017
    73
    If Versus communicates anything--and it communicates a lot, sometimes too much--it’s an examination of the linear relationship between producer and listener, a warning for the artist against the magnetic allure of pontification.
  6. May 22, 2017
    70
    The act-to-act cohesion is seamless, as is the recreation of rigid techno militancy, and should be met with at least one bouquet brought to the stage.
  7. The Wire
    Aug 8, 2017
    60
    It’s an overegged pudding at times, but to its credit Versus is anything but polite; with brass and bass to the fore, Craig chips away at our preconceptions--he’s here for more than the black tie and polite applause. [Jun 2017, p.61]
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