AOTY 2021
Against All Logic - 2012 - 2017
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #267 / 851
User Score
2018 Ratings: #22
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The Needle Drop
Nicolas Jaar's full-length debut as Against All Logic is one of the funkiest, most entrancing, and most cutting-edge collections of house music ever produced.
These are thrilling, racing tracks, but they're also familiar, both functionally—every hi-hat in its right place—and emotionally, with the kind of crests and ecstasies you might find on 1990s labels like Nu Groove and Cajual.
Spectrum Culture

With Sirens Jaar combined the synth-punk of Suicide with political fury and Space is Only Noise is still a defining document for Microhouse, but goddamn it’s nice to hear him cut loose.

Those who are deeply inquisitive about music will have a field day on WhoSampled finding vocal stems from David Axelrod, The Delfonics and Kanye West. Those who aren’t interested in that will still find an album which has an instant impact as Jaar substitutes avant-garde dystopian techno with the most off kilter time signatures for something much more predictable.
Over the course of the album's 11 tracks, nods are made to various phases in the development of electronic music. Early-'90s rave, egregiously detuned analog synth melodies à la the giddy experimentalism of Aphex Twin, disco edits, minimal house, and even moments of pre-techno influences are all touched upon as restless and colorful album washes by A.A.L., showing a different side of Jaar's range, but it's easily the most carefree and inviting of his work.
Pretty Much Amazing

It’s a different sort of project, sure, and the way it ping-pongs between pastiche and higher art is interesting. But so much of this music has been done better by other artists.

Resident Advisor

It paints an unflattering picture of the project as house and disco pastiche with only brief flashes of inspiration.

Across the board, I think everyone can agree that this is, for the most part, an inoffensive and enjoyable album. But I also think its fair to say that most of the people rating this so high have not listened to many albums in the same genre as this (myself included), leading us to get caught up in the hype of another popular album. Sure this is an awesome set of tracks, but if it wasn't from Jaar and if people's minds weren't clouded by Melon and Pitchfork, it'd probably be swept under the ... read more
Avalanches + Niicolas Jaar = A.A.L.

Favorite Tracks: Hopeless, Now U Got Me Hooked, This Old House is All I Have
Even without the blissful sampling on this album, 2012-2017 would still be a great techno album. One of the few sample-less tunes on the album, “Flash in the Pan,” is a beat-led track with finicky, bouncy percussion and killer synth-lines, and the closer, “Rave on U,” is an absolute party. The production on the rest of the album is equally impressive, and, at this point, everyone knows that Jaar is one of the best producers working right now. Period. However, where this ... read more
I mean it's good but it ain't all that...
It definitely is a groove, but I kind of prefer the second album.
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Added on: February 17, 2018