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One Pig

Matthew Herbert

One Pig

Third part of the avant-garde electronic composer's trilogy, an album made from recordings taken during the birth, life, butchery and consumption of a single pig

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
Accidental
UK Release date
10/10/2011
US Release date
18/10/2011
  1. 10.0 |   Clash

    It’s a fascinating journey forcing us to regard the politics of our food. Could or would anyone else produce this work? No chance, and that’s the beauty of a Herbert recording. Gloriously unique and unsettling provocative
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Only Matthew Herbert could conceive and execute - if that's the right word - such a program with such clinical actions and acute observation, and he manages this without the use of a single word... As an end to the One trilogy it is a remarkable piece of work
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  3. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    What Herbert has put together is a witty, difficult, touching testament to making something lasting out of one of the world's many cruel inevitabilities
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  4. 8.0 |   Spin

    Herbert shows uncommon sensitivity toward this animal raised for slaughter. He's immortalized it in sound
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    As beautiful as all Herbert's musical fare. Print edition only

  6. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    a well-needed reality-check on our own behavior in terms of how we acknowledge—or fail to acknowledge—our own consumption
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  7. 7.0 |   NME

    Nine songs finely woven from a fabric of farmyard sounds. Print edition only

  8. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A fascinating journey from someone at the top of his craft. Thought-provoking, mood-inducing and well worth listening to
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  9. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A challenging, hypnotic and haunting experience, but one unlikely to stand up to repeated listening. Print edition only

  10. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    A challenging record with commendable ideas, but as a listening experience, it’s hard to stomach more than once
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  11. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    At it's best the album reflects the eccentricities of British electronic music with, in particular, the influence of Aphex Twin being noticeable in several places
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  12. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    One Pig is certainly ambitious, and about half the time it really surprises and hits a listenable groove
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  13. 4.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    One Pig is most affecting when it offers recognizable sounds... Unfortunately, for most of the album, these sounds are couched in an errant pastiche that fails to persuade or please
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