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Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Uncut
    Jun 5, 2018
    90
    Highlights--there are many. ... Masterful. [Jul 2018, p.28]
  2. Aug 7, 2018
    80
    The dance-inspired elements he throws in on Listening to Pictures don't suddenly mean his work's going to be on sale in the "electronic" racks of record stores. It's just another ingredient in a slow-simmering pot.
  3. Jul 17, 2018
    80
    It is a music of sense and memory perceptions, a sonic projection equal to but different from the sources that inspired it. When all are assembled, they constitute a deep, mysterious, and occasionally disruptive journey into shade, texture, nuance, and seductive persuasion.
  4. The Wire
    Jul 13, 2018
    80
    The eight tracks and 40 minutes here feel far more porous and open than a lot of contemporary electronic music allows itself to be--edited together by Hassell from various performances, its erratic, switch-backing progress sketches large structures but leaves them light and airy, rich and heady without crowding the mix. It demands to be played on a big system, to enter the air. [Jul 2018, p.50]
  5. Jun 19, 2018
    80
    While I can’t help missing the volatile momentum of previous records, Listening to Pictures still animates its sonic space with the kind of detail few musicians have the vision or audacity to achieve.
  6. Jun 12, 2018
    80
    Trying to follow these songs as they unfold is a bewildering experience. But if you take Hassell's advice, and "scan up and down the sonic spectrum," taking in the moments of beauty as they occur, the album's title makes a lot of sense.
  7. 80
    Of course, it takes a certain degree of patience (or pretension) to unpick the record entirely, but once unravelled listeners are rewarded with a dystopian world best described as sci-fi sleaze.
  8. Q Magazine
    Jun 5, 2018
    80
    Fans of Four Tet and Jon Hopkins are advised to check out this master at work. [Summer 2018, p.110]
  9. Mojo
    Jun 5, 2018
    80
    The most striking thing about Listening To Pictures is how effortlessly contemporary it sounds. [Jul 2018, p.94]
  10. Jun 5, 2018
    80
    On Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One), it's a treat to find Jon Hassell still fascinated and engrossed in the style of music he helped create.
  11. Jun 5, 2018
    80
    This is certainly dense, endlessly mutating music that rewards multiple listenings.
  12. Jun 8, 2018
    73
    It feels like he’s constantly remixing himself, taking apart ideas from as far back as his 1978 debut Earthquake Island and using new technology to augment and re-contextualize them for the present era. In a perfect Fourth World twist, the music remains entirely grounded in the now while also sounding like it’s been floating in the cosmos for eons.

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