Neuroplasticity

Cold Specks

Neuroplasticity

Second album from soulful Montreal singer-songwriter Al Spx, featuring lead single “Absisto”

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Mute
UK Release date
25/08/2014
US Release date
25/08/2014
  1. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    An expanded musical palette that pushes Neuroplasticity beyond the ‘doom soul’ territory confidently staked out on 2012 debut I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
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  2. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A record that manages to reveal its treasures over multiple listens without ever sacrificing immediate appeal
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  3. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    A real contender for Canadian Album of the Year
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  4. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The grace is still there, but something far more engrossing has now been added to the mix
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  5. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    One of the year's notable albums
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    On "A quiet Chill", Spx growls "I remain unshakeable?. Every note on this compelling album backs her up. Print edition only

  7. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Simultaneously lets the listener into her world and bolsters her anonymity
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    As much as it's just a transition for Spx into something that takes a variety of musical turns
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  9. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Her voice is as mesmeric and worldly as ever, and the instrumentation is rendered in beautiful detail. But it’s tantalising to wonder what would have happened if she would have given herself completely to chaos
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  10. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Spx could do with some melodies as memorable as the music-making behind them
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  11. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Sonic spaciousness with reverberant drums, eerie, ethereal keyboards and spidery guitars framing up-front delivery Print edition only

  12. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    In trying to channel one of her biggest influences — the powerful, pummeling noise rock deity that is Michael Gira — she gets eaten alive
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  13. 5.5 |   Earbuddy

    It isn’t easy enough to love on the first spin, but it’s not complex enough to get better with repeated plays either
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  14. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Despite a greater focus on musicality, tunes remain hard to come by
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  15. 4.0 |   DIY

    Too cold and distancing to be able to connect to
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Cold Specks: Neuroplasticity

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  • 1. A Broken Memory £0.99
  • 2. Bodies at Bay £0.99
  • 3. Old Knives £0.99
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  • 5. Exit Plan £0.99
  • 6. Let Loose The Dogs £0.99
  • 7. Absisto £0.99
  • 8. Living Signs £0.99
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