Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Aug 15, 2014
    80
    The world that Worlds conjures is fantastical and defiantly cheery.
  2. Aug 11, 2014
    70
    Although it doesn’t sound quite like EDM, Worlds manages to retain the thrilling rush of emotions that the best raves inspire.
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    69
    The main drawback to Worlds’ sound, an impressionistic approach to mass-appeal fare, is that anyone with their ear to the (festival) ground might find these sounds to be relatively old-hat.
  4. Q Magazine
    Aug 28, 2014
    60
    He clearly has difference aspirations to many of his contemporaries, but on this evidence hasn't completely freed himself o f their influence. [Sep 2014, p.112]
  5. Uncut
    Aug 11, 2014
    60
    [Robinson] has certainly indulged his preference here, mixing M83-style synth-pop with Daft Punk/Justice bangers and adding assorted nu-rave and EDM tropes, to end up with not much to call his own. [Sep 2014, p.76]
  6. Aug 11, 2014
    60
    Through several clumsier moments, it's evident Robinson's still getting the hang of making music that translates outside clubs and festivals. Going by what he has accomplished and what he aimed to achieve here, his development should be fascinating.
  7. Alternative Press
    Aug 11, 2014
    50
    What Worlds never does is cohere in any appreciable way, stomping all over its finer moments with another synth glitterbomb and burdensome bass drop. [Sep 2014, p.107]
  8. 50
    His ability isn’t lacking; Robinson just needs to ditch that indie pop crutch in order to strengthen his own voice.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 83
  2. Negative: 3 out of 83
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    Worlds is an ambitious, incredible release from Porter. His craftsmanship in this genre is really marvellous, The melodies found in this albumWorlds is an ambitious, incredible release from Porter. His craftsmanship in this genre is really marvellous, The melodies found in this album evoke a sense of nostalgia, but it doesn't rely on it entirely. It's a synthesis of crushing four-on-the-floor beats, neo 80s sounds, sharp electro-pop, and JRPG/Sci-Fi video game OSTs. Not only is Porter creative to conceptualizing such a unique project, but his technical skills really takes this vision to the next level and makes it shine. I don't think this album will speak to everyone, but for the people it does, it's perfect. Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2014
    7
    "Worlds" is far from the intended work hyped up by Porter to "redefine EDM", but its a genuine and wholehearted piece that lacks awe in its"Worlds" is far from the intended work hyped up by Porter to "redefine EDM", but its a genuine and wholehearted piece that lacks awe in its middle ground, but is decent all around and fun to listen to. Tracks such as Sad Machine, Flicker, Fellow Feeling, Years of War, Divinity, and Goodbye to a World send strong (albeit heavy-handed) messages of a resurrected age of sound to save a dying world of lost memories, through which Porter instills a dedication to all that is nostalgic in an effort to reclaim it. "Worlds" as such comes across as a much more intimate piece of work than Porter's previous "Spitfire EP", and though the themes and sounds of later releases 'Language' and 'Easy can still be found throughout the album, but that's not to say it's not better executed. Still, Porter seems to be struggling to piece together his own sound, the music taking on a M83 lovechild aspect with some further influences that could be compared to other acts such as Shinichi Osawa, The M Machine, Passion Pit, or MGMT. If anything Porter's sound relies on a punchier grit to difference himself, but doesn't create the needed divide to differentiate greatly amongst one another. All in all, its a worthy first LP debut, and though the hype was below the mark for what is delivered, we can expect Porter Robinson to branch out and refine his style. Full Review »
  3. Nov 14, 2014
    9
    One of the very best albums of 2014.
    Track Reviews:
    Divinity-10/10 Sad Machine-10/10 Years Of War-9/10 Flicker-8/10 Fresh Static
    One of the very best albums of 2014.
    Track Reviews:

    Divinity-10/10
    Sad Machine-10/10
    Years Of War-9/10
    Flicker-8/10
    Fresh Static Snow-9/10
    Polygon Dust-8/10
    Hear The Bells-6.5/10 (Weakest Track)
    Natural Light-8/10
    Lionhearted-10/10
    Sea Of Voices-9/10
    Fellow Feeling-10/10 (Best track on the album)
    Goodbye To A World-10/10 (Second Best)
    Full Review »