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Berberian Sound Studio


Berberian Sound Studio

Film soundtrack from the Birmingham indie electronic band which features the voice of Trish Keenan recorded before her death in 2011

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Heard on its own, as that old ambient alibi - the soundtrack to an imaginary film - made concrete, it’s not an easy listen
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  2. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Whilst there are ghosts from the past here, Berberian Sound Studio also provides strong reminders of Broadcast’s unique and idiosyncratic sound
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  3. 8.5 |   Prefix

    Succeeds its cinematic intent without the listener even having to turn their eyes onto a screen
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  4. 8.5 |   BBC

    This soundtrack – something you may not want to listen to alone if you keep hearing a weird noise outside the window – gives you an idea of how magnificent this band can be
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    With its 30-second cues and oblique titles, it resembles one of those old library albums Broadcast were so influenced by in the first place
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Both a bona fide film score and consistent electronica album, and in the wake of Trish Keenan’s tragic death carries the very real air of a requiem
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    An album of glimpses, fragments and half-formed images; but it has a remarkable coherence and beauty despite, or perhaps because of this
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This is beautiful music. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's wonderful to hear Cargill continue Broadcast's legacy with a project so tailored to their strengths
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Has a raw beauty and is layered, yet minimal
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    This is the perfect swansong for Broadcast's Trish Keenan
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  12. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A soundtrack different from any other score in how it completely disregards traditional aspects of soundtrack music
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  13. 8.0 |   State

    Pendulum-like mood swings complement the movie’s themes of disorientation and impending dread
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  14. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Successfully builds on the spectral philosophy of Radio Age, and is even more of a radically disjointed tapestry of occult and funereal sound than that album was
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  15. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    It's the work of people enamored by the common devices of horror, who want to see how pliable that material is so they can find their own entry point into it
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  16. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Broadcast succeeds brilliantly: if one can listen to the soundtrack to this moment with no visuals and still come away disturbed, then Strickland found the right folks for the job
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  17. 7.0 |   The Fly

    One of those rare soundtracks that’s worth listening to completely out of context
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  18. 7.0 |   DIY

    Serves as a fitting epitaph for the band’s singularity and vision throughout their all-too-brief career
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  19. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    A surprisingly complete and coherent effort, not simply for a soundtrack, but, frankly, more for the difficult conditions Cargill must’ve faced in bringing it to fruition
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  20. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A truly beautiful, if slightly dishevelled, gothic menagerie
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  21. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It works as a sound tapestry so that no single track stands out but all are stronger by being part of the whole
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  22. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    All very sinister, but short on anything approaching a tune
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  23. 6.0 |   The Independent

    39 miniature sonic studies in the vein of European "library music" fragments, interspersed with dialogue clips from the movie and sound effects
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  24. 6.0 |   Q

    There are frequent moments of instrumental beauty. Print edition only

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