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  • Summary: The 15th full-length studio release for the British ambient house duo features contributions from Brother Culture, Andy Cain, Hollie Cook, Roger Eno, Gaudi, Emma Gillespie, Mary Pearce, Guy Pratt, Michael Rendall, Rianna, Roney FM, Jah Wobble, and Youth.
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  1. Jun 25, 2018
    90
    No matter who gets credit, No Sounds is one bold and fascinating album. Nothing is on autopilot and even the slow, quiet passages are far from boring.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jun 21, 2018
    80
    The latest outing re-establishes them as sculptors of heavy-but-humourous CD-length aural odysseys. [Summer 2018, p.113]
  3. Jun 21, 2018
    70
    If not the most focused entry in the project's storied discography, it's a delightfully wide angled glance at what the Orb still have brewing and perhaps a projection of a vital new period of experimentation.
  4. Jul 31, 2018
    70
    While this ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ ethos doesn’t always hit, No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds’s jovial attitude towards its own self-existence makes for an endearing listen that’ll no doubt flourish over time.
  5. Jun 21, 2018
    60
    The Orb have long made a virtue out of following their own path, and there are still times in No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds where this pays dividends, but there are also sections where they merely retread old ground with diminishing returns, making this an only half-satisfying LP.
  6. The Wire
    Aug 8, 2018
    60
    While some will label these 12 pieces as evidence of Alex Paterson’s genius, the majority definitely won’t, and although it’s a well-produced work, it doesn’t bend or expand expectations. [Sep 2018, p.54]
  7. Jul 9, 2018
    56
    No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, with its stylistic and thematic missteps, too often shakes us out of this trademark groove.

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