Gesaffelstein - Aleph
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2013 Ratings: #329 / 953
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2013 Ratings: #177
October 28, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI, Parlophone / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
Comfort is in short supply from Gesaffelstein, but control and class are in abundance.
80
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.

80
Clash
Add it all together and you’ve got a debut LP to make everyone run for cover.
78
Pitchfork

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.

50
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.

holsgr
69
☆☆☆ ~ Decent, original work. Feels a bit flawed at times, but it was a delightful listen anyway.
EntryIncomplete
65
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
arsen b
90
Mike inspired a lot of european early 80's electro undeground, like cold wave, neue deutsche welle, but wait a minute. This is a major label release. Without this idiotic "Aleph" and "Piece Of Future" the whole album perceived a way better.
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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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