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New Energy

Four Tet

New Energy

Ninth album from London producer Kieran Hebden

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  1. 10.0 |   Q

    Career-defining masterpiece. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    The English producer's proclivity for irresistible hooks is delivered through a palette of strummed strings, wistful timbres and delectable breaks that make for a satisfying and evocative body of work
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    One of the most accessible, listener-friendly releases in the Four Tet catalog, but it still maintains the creativity and unpredictability that have always made his work stand out
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  4. 8.0 |   The FT

    Deep repetition exerts a hypnotic effect, synthesisers chime and non-electronic instruments from other musical cultures bring a sense of expansiveness
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  5. 8.0 |   The 405

    To say New Energy is a consolidation rather than a progression may seem damning with faint praise, but its palate is so substantial and nourishing that such slight ambition is peripheral
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  6. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    New Energy is a wide-ranging album that connects the warmth of his early work to his latest club experiments
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  7. 7.0 |   Resident Advisor

    Though far from perfect, New Energy is one of Hebden's most intimate and personal albums, with all the idiosyncrasies that come with that
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  8. 6.0 |   The Observer

    What it doesn’t have is a great deal of tracks to pull you back, bar perhaps the insistent pulse and fluttering vocal samples of Scientists
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  9. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Casual listeners will like New Energy, but longtime fans will recognize it as part of a worrying trend in Hebden’s discography: each subsequent release of his has shrunk in scale, size and ambition
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