- La Di Da Di

Battles - La Di Da Di
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 24 reviews
2015 Rank: #513 / 740
USER SCORE
71
Based on
82 ratings

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83
Paste

La Di Da Di is a unique listen, giving large responsibility to the listener to determine or interpret the parameters of its far-reaching sonic liberties.

80
musicOMH

It’s a record that you have to take in as one complete whole. You’ll enjoy individual slices, but won’t be truly fulfilled unless you take a deep dive straight in and luxuriate in all its sonic weirdness and insane brilliance.

80
DIY

Without any voices swimming around the noise, the record does lack the variety that came before. Instead, this is a stubborn embracing of all the weird things that make up this unique trio.

80
AllMusic

As Battles evolve, they remain true to their unique mix of brains and brawn, and La Di Da Di just might be their most engaging music yet.

75
Pitchfork

They can basically "talk" through their instruments, and it was a good move to strip things back on La Di Da Di, a vocal-free collection heavy on repetition.

70
Slant Magazine

With La Di Da Di, Battles ... make music that explores the boundaries of what humans can do with the aid of technology. In this case, computers don't erode human idiosyncrasy, they amplify it.

70
PopMatters

This is a confident record that focuses on beat and melody, while still allowing the group space to throw in other musical ideas.

70
Loud and Quiet

Battles’ brilliant ability to bond the imperceptible will always be an almost impregnable strength, but minus the concentrated, dam-busting heft of their debut, or the type of gloriously left-field turn Matias Aguayo provided on ‘Gloss Drop’, their art of repetition doesn’t hit hard enough.

70
Spin

La Di Da Di is where Battles demonstrate their competence rather than their virtuosity; there’s never that moment of dominos falling to their death or the mutated instruments and real-time looping opening portals to parallel dimensions.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Notwithstanding the excellent “Yabba” and similarly conclusive upsurges of nervy musicianship like “FF Bada,” a good portion of the album unfolds seemingly without aim.

70
Drowned in Sound

Its components are more straightforward, with keyboards, drums, bass and the odd guitar are being looped about with gleeful abandon but still sounding more minimalist than either of its predecessors.

67
Consequence of Sound

When they shuffle enough elements around on La Di Da Di, it’s a thrilling experience to try to keep up with.

60
The Skinny

There’s not enough of the thundering bass of old, and their more waywardly avant-garde tracks seem like unfinished experiments, uncharacteristically sapping and enervating.

60
The 405

It seems somewhat unchallenging by their high standards, more controlled and therefore incapable of generating a consistent sense of chaos or urgency. 

60
NME

‘La Di Da Di’ is comprised of 12 entirely instrumental tracks that feel less like stand-alone songs and more like strange sonic experiments cooked up in a lab.

60
Under The Radar

For the first time, they've started to sound like a real trio; the 12 tracks have a consistent keyboard/guitar/drums sound and as a whole, it's almost minimal in comparison to the first two albums.

60
Time Out London

Like your maths homework, you’ll need to give it your full attention. It’s not background music for a party, unless your parties involve sitting around a MacBook reading Pitchfork.

60
The Needle Drop
Battles deliver tight performances, but lose their sense of adventure on their latest album here.
58
Resident Advisor

There's a disconnect in La Di Da Di, and the problem stems from the band both over- and underplaying their strengths.

55
The Line of Best Fit

When Battles do play with the listener’s expectations and blur the lines of who/what Battles are, the results are frustrating and at times surprisingly drab.

50
Clash

Like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, 'La Di Da Di' too often feels like a soulless automaton tearing around on autopilot. If only it had a heart.

50
No Ripcord

La Di Da Di is full of very cool timbres and some incredible drumming, but its arrangements leave a lot to be desired.

Mar 19, 2016
BuffaloStaple
55
At first, I thought it was really good, a worthy follow up to Gloss Drop, but the more and more I listened to it, the more apparent it became that the charm Gloss Drop had is non-existent here. The wacky oddball approach they take here rarely works, it sounds oddly stilted and often off-putting. The structure of this album is fucking all over the place as well, Summer Simmer and Tyne Wear sound like they were composed and written on the spot. Despite hits like The Yabba & Dot Com, this was ... read more
Dec 6, 2015
JustAReflektor
30
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Oct 21, 2015
thierry
76
La Di Da Di differs from Gloss Drop and Mirrored in possibly the most unexpected of ways--it's somehow more jittery and anxious that their previous releases. It sinks in the middle due to over-repetition and a somewhat soulless quality about it. The excellent closer brings it back to a peak, however. Per usual, Battles has created one of the most unique listens of the year.

The Yabba, Dot Net, Dot Com, Luu Le
Sep 12, 2015
64
There's an uncertain austerity that sets these rules and creates a restricted, studio ritual.
Sep 10, 2015
thisisabtlgrnd
79
Another strong release for Battles. It may not have the explosivity of their debut or the accessability of Gloss Drop, but La Di Da Di nonetheless succeeds by placing an emphasis on the band's unusual songwriting, musicianship and production style. I particularly enjoy the drums and synths on this one--very funky.

Favorite tracks: Non-Violence, Summer Simmer, Dot Com, Megatouch, FF Bada, The Yabba
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