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Sex and Food

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Sex and Food

Fourth album of psychedelic rock from the Oregon-based band led by New Zealander Ruban Nielson, recorded in various studios around the globe

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Jagjaguwar
UK Release date
06/04/2018
US Release date
06/04/2018
  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Album of the year thus far? Easily
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  2. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The beauty of this album lies not with the strength of the instrumentation or the delicacy of the lyrics, but in the nuanced and precise interplay between the two
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  3. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    While embracing the vocabulary of rock music, Nielson has done something that seems increasingly lacking in the form: produced an album of beautiful, thoughtful, melodic songs with such a defined sonic identity that suggest that Nielson could become a real auteur of the genre
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    It may not reach the peaks of the previous album but it's stuffed with ideas, and proves that Nielson's consistently shifting tone finds creative strength where others might stretch themselves too thin
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    Showing not only progression and honing of a craft, this record goes from a hulking shredding Goliath to a reflective funk record in the space of a few minutes with wonderfully engrossing results
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  6. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra return with a smorgasbord of an album: one to be indulged, and one to be savoured
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  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    There’s a lot to be scared about right now, but there’s also a lot out there to love, and thanks to UMO, we now have a soundtrack for that
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  8. 7.5 |   The 405

    Gives the audience a closer look at the chaos-wrapped disco frenzy inside Ruban’s mind
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  9. 7.1 |   Gig Soup

    Four albums in, New Zealand's finest Unknown Mortal Orchestra continue to unravel their mystic persona while coiling away from society. 'Sex & Food' watches the world crumble, offering little remorse but contains an underlying sense of sympathy
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Sex & Food might be reluctant to fully reveal itself, but in being the most uncompromising album in Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s discography it also feels like Nielson’s most honest musical statement to date
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  11. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    Ruban Nielson’s mildew-covered fourth record continues UMO’s long journey inward, pinballing between love and indifference, bops and dirges, pop and its opposite
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It might seem contrary to the first few songs on the album, but vigorous pace and brash vivacity aren’t required elements of the best tracks on Sex and Food. Unknown Mortal Orchestra sounds best when intricate, but tender-hearted
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  13. 7.0 |   The Music

    Yet another curious chapter in Nielson's ever-meandering career path
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  14. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    Although Sex & Food’s heavy-lidded moments can occasionally meander too far afield into somnolence, the record’s sharp observations about life, politics, and society are focused
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  15. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    It's quite a journey, taking in a healthy dose of guitar virtuosity, sampling, ridiculously smooth basslines, and plenty of keyboard magic
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  16. 6.0 |   NME

    A set of fuzzy, funky and fun set of songs that’ll be rattling around your head all summer long
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  17. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s tempting to call Sex & Food a meandering mess of an album
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  18. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    It's an anxious, up-and-down affair, with moments of reward sprinkled within its lethargic haze
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    A bit like inviting whipped cream into the bedroom
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  20. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s an album that breathes clean air
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