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Seventh full-length album from the Austrian ambient electronic guitarist recorded in his home studio

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  1. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    The experimental musician’s sweeping, ambient album works in small, fascinating ways from moment to moment but has a cumulative force that is unlike anything he’s done in years
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  2. 8.5 |   The 405

    Ambient guitar master Fennesz’s seventh album, Agora, is one of his best
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  3. 8.2 |   Resident Advisor

    Agora is both a return to form and a leap into the abyss
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Agora is hypnotic, transient and valuable and a rarity which although oppressive at times ultimately delivers on a promise as tangible as it is striking
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Agora is the strongest, and most cohesive, album that Fennesz has released in over a decade, and that is no mean feat
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    The unpolished feel of Agora is a bit striking for a Fennesz release, but it's clearly just as carefully considered as his other albums, and makes a welcome addition to his catalog
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  7. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    This is stripped-down Fennesz, or at least as stripped-down as music where the effects are the message can be
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Taken in at a moderate volume, the album is easier to consume, but no less dominating. This is about as far from background music as it is possible for an ambient recording to be
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Much of Agora recalls his 2001 breakthrough album Endless Summer: long, processed guitar drones engendering an atmosphere of extreme, if rather familiar, calm. Print edition only

  10. 5.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    I can only wish that future releases will reach for an integration of his musical bona fides, a return to melodic luxuries that coexist with an assortment of jagged defects
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