Gesaffelstein - Aleph
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2013 Ratings: #357 / 1035
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2013 Ratings: #208
October 28, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI, Parlophone / Label
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Comfort is in short supply from Gesaffelstein, but control and class are in abundance.
Consequence of Sound

With his debut LP, Gesaffelstein is not only taking aim at ending the loudness wars, he is fortifying the roots of a very successful career. With production credits on Yeezus already on his resume, Gesaffelstein possesses the talent to produce hits across a wide range of genres and still find the time to destroy the most pretentious of techno clubs.

Add it all together and you’ve got a debut LP to make everyone run for cover.

It’s a testament to Levy’s talent, and to the strength of his sonic identity, that Aleph merits comparison to Yeezus in terms of its thematic consistency and coherence.

The Needle Drop

Aleph has some pretty hard-hitting tech house highlights, but most of the subdued tracks just simply aren't as engaging, and only seem like they exist to balance out the aggressive moments here--a lot of which sound very similar.

I'm really split on this album, literally. I quite like about half of it, and don't care forcthe other half. The best songs on Aleph are great, cuts like Pursuit, Duel and Hate or Glory perfectly nail the harsh industrial aggression that Gesaffelstein is going for. But other cuts, like the two spoken word pieces and Obsession don't hit that same level of quality. Some cuts are just okay, like Values, and others border on obnoxious, Hellifornia I'm looking at you. And most of the slower ... read more
Felt inconsistent. A couple highs and a lot of just.. meh...
An iconic sound and an ominous presence that sometimes gets lost in its own rut.
Nonostante non sia un grande fan del genere ho apprezzato molto questo album
This industrial EDM record by Yeezus coproducer impressed me for the most part. The highs went super hard with a house sound with heavier experimentation. The lows on the other hand who made up most of the album I found boring though not entirely awful. Not enough beat changes, heavy drums, and distorted bass which I feel are definitely what Gesaffelstien excel's in.

Favorite songs: Pursuit, Hate or Glory
Least favorites: Nameless, Perfection
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Track List

  1. Out Of Line
  2. Pursuit
  3. Nameless
  4. Destinations
  5. Obsession
  6. Hellifornia
  7. Aleph
  8. Wall Of Memories
  9. Duel
  10. Piece Of Future
  11. Hate Or Glory
  12. Values
  13. Trans
  14. Perfection
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Added on: October 25, 2013