Metascore
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Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Uncut
    Jun 5, 2018
    90
    Highlights--there are many. ... Masterful. [Jul 2018, p.28]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. Mojo
    Jun 5, 2018
    80
    The most striking thing about Listening To Pictures is how effortlessly contemporary it sounds. [Jul 2018, p.94]
  7. 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.
  8. Jun 5, 2018
    80
    This is certainly dense, endlessly mutating music that rewards multiple listenings.
  9. 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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