Anna Meredith - Varmints
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Based on 6 reviews
2016 Rank: #19 / 722
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Based on 167 ratings
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Anna Meredith’s self-described ‘collection of musical pests’ should welcomely plague many a listener for a long time to come. It’s a marvellously un-sobering boisterous beast of a record, and a sparkling début.


She wears her obvious theoretical grounding lightly and never lets it obstruct her ecstatic quest for new ideas and deranged stimuli. And Varmints is a knockout, the kind that makes you see cartoon stars.

Pretty Much Amazing

Varmints displays both extremely well crafted instrumentation, and an overwhelming creative freedom.

The Line of Best Fit

Meredith consistently does a phenomenal job of blending her concert hall ambition with a more mainstream musical sensibility.

Loud and Quiet

Half of ‘Varmints’ eschews vocals but with odd exception Meredith manages to cloak high-minded experimentalism in playful pop sensibility.

No Ripcord

Varmints is a playfully delirious listen that constantly rewards with new ideas at every corner, one that sketches an idealized pop landscape without recognizing that it actually touches all of its requisite pleasure points.

Jan 10, 2017
I like the style that it goes for, but for some reason I just cannot stand listening to this album in its entirety. I still like the sound that it is conjuring here.

Personal Favourite: Nautilus
Sep 1, 2016*
An album I can't seem to form a decisive opinion on; for all its strengths: its impressive composition, its playful sense of adventure, its creative blend of classical and pop, it's something I struggle to really click with — listening to Varmints is a lot of fun, but afterwards it fails to stick to me, and for a pop album that is not a good thing.

Highlights: "Nautilus", "R-Type"
Aug 14, 2016
Uno de los discos más vanguardistas del año.
Apr 4, 2016*
The vocals are bland and uninteresting on essentially every track that they're featured. The textures, drum patterns and bass lines are well put together from a compositional standpoint for the most part, but there are equally as many tracks that are fucking all over the place musically, not crazy about this record, it's decent, just too inconsistent.

P.S. That's not the fucking cover, someone get on that
Apr 8, 2017
Repetitive but interesting electronic music.

Added on: January 17, 2016