Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Rank: #107 / 939
User Score
Based on 222 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Arthur Ashin of Autre Ne Veut might be working with familiar musical concepts, but he employs them in ways that are, to my ears, contemporarily relevant and indispensable to the discussion over the trajectory of popular music.

90
PopMatters

The veritable smorgasbord that forms this album is made up of a great many influences, but when all of them are put together, the result is a musical statement that’s innovative on every imaginable level. 

88
Beats Per Minute

Anxiety matches the emotional heights and immediacy of the music Ashin was inspired by, but what arrives from his limitations–as a singer, as a DIY-ist–adds to the record a personal foundation and raw authenticity no amount of budget could erect.

87
Paste

Anxiety stilettos gut-wrenched entrenched psycho-sexual seductive destructive obsessive push and pull over accreting and ascendant deep soul jams

85
Pitchfork

His glass-shattering falsetto runs and chesty bleats transform Anxiety from a great pop record into something powerfully therapeutic, more about casting off inhibitions than actually hitting those high notes.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

No track has a clear meaning, and Anxiety truly does take on the form of a Rorschach test, becoming whatever the listener views it as.

80
Consequence of Sound

He relinquishes his inhibitions on Anxiety, an R&B diamond in the dense, desultory rough.

70
NME

Many a late-night chat will take place about whether this should be called alt.R&B, indie R&B or plain old ambient electronica, but there’s no debate about it being one of the sexiest and most luxurious albums of the year so far.

70
DIY

This is an album of climaxes and cathartic streams of consciousness, but an album listenable from start to finish.

70
musicOMH

While Ashin is clearly a major talent, he just needs to dial it down from time to time if he’s to deliver a wholly satisfying record. 

70
Spin

The very personal Anxiety is remarkably messy, dramatic, poignant, and at times, beautiful.

70
No Ripcord

Autre Ne Veut’s triteness, his overexpression, are the result of a failure to not just create popular music, but to express himself too – and that’s the album’s main “Anxiety”.

Apr 18, 2014
JFulfy
79
Such an amazing start of an album, dies off a little bit, but such a huge kick-off!
Nov 10, 2013
70
Homemade, electro-candles that lit at everybody's will.
Jun 22, 2017
74
A fun and quietly ambitious album falling somewhere between electropop and alternative R&B that might be a bit too front-loaded to lend itself to repeated through-listens, but absolutely owns its cheesy excess in a completely infectious manner. Some of the vocals are ridiculously over-the-top and work all the better for it.
Jun 22, 2016
soundsnaive
78
Play by Play is an all-time great, and Counting makes it a great on-two punch. Unfortunately the rest of the album doesn't come close to those songs.
Nov 22, 2014
Tom Simmons
79
Fav Tracks: Play By Play, Counting, Promises, I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Least Fav Track: World War


Added on: February 19, 2013