Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #158 / 716
User Score
Based on 293 ratings
2018 Ratings: #269
June 1, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

It's the wealth of exquisitely baroque moments, exploring history as a pliable, multi-dimensional rift, that makes Age Of Lopatin's most ambitious album yet. There is exceptional sonic depth, and those who were confounded by his dive into industrial alternative on Garden of Delete will notice a bewildering continuity.

91
A.V. Club

Uncomfortable as Age Of often is, it’s far from unlistenable. Lopatin deftly balances the scathing and the soothing, couching these pessimistic critiques in collages that feint at commercial appeal, without ever tipping into rote, art-school irony. And you can even sing along to some of them!

90
AllMusic

Even if its point is to defy easy categorization, it's not difficult to call an album as multi-layered and fascinating as Age Of a landmark work.

90
Crack Magazine

With Age Of, 0PN has once again taken things up a notch.

90
The 405

While it undoubtedly packs in a humongous swath of influences and touchstones from today’s pop culture, the overall piece created is completely unique, unreplicable and ultimately undescribable. That, of course, is the only way that Daniel Lopatin knows how to create music, and Age Of now happily sits alongside his previous planets in Oneohtrix Point Never’s utterly individual universe.

83
Consequence of Sound

Age Of is easily Lopatin’s most ambitious album. The composer has always combined highbrow and lowbrow art in a way that utilizes the former to validate the latter, and Age Of continues showing that true art shouldn’t have either boundary.

80
Resident Advisor
Flitting through soundtrack-style pieces, pop songs and dense instrumentals spanning from post-kosmische to neo-baroque, it's a dizzying trip meant to shore up Lopatin's status as an avant-garde auteur while aiding his forays into mainstream pop culture. It'd be easy to see this album-as-prospectus approach as cynical. But whatever his motives, Lopatin has successfully broadened his scope.
80
The Observer

The more time you spend with Age Of, the more Lopatin’s instrumentations reveal depth.

80
Drowned in Sound

Age Of is a maddening, compelling, even thrilling record that feels like a conclusive summation of everything the Oneohtrix Point Never project has been (or even hinted at) to date. I’m not sure there are any answers contained within, but yet again Lopatin has proved himself a master of thought-provoking contemporary electronic music.

80
No Ripcord

Age Of is an excellent and frequently rewarding album; where one might expect a musical cul-de-sac, there is a 180-degree turn that somehow always feels appropriate, a testament to two years of songcraft that have clearly paid dividends.

80
Exclaim!

What Oneohtrix Point Never accomplishes on Age Of is similar to that of Garden of Delete. Taking a sonic palette and deconstructing it to the point of only referential recognition, yet somehow managing to maintain sonic congruency is what Daniel Lopatin is a master at.

80
The Line of Best Fit
OPN’s latest long-play is just as much a satisfying experience as it is at times unsettling and disorienting, by the end you do actually feel like you’ve been told a story.
78
Pitchfork

The inclusion of more pop-friendly artists and the foregrounding of the human voice might suggest that Age Of ranks among OPN’s more accessible pieces. If anything, it’s one of his most challenging.

76
GIGsoup
Oneohtrix Point Never has created another body of work that flops around, requiring multiple listens and headphones. At times the sounds are too uncomfortable to digest but perseverance brings joyous, if brief, relief.
75
Spectrum Culture
It’s a remote and pessimistic album, as you’d expect, but it’s also some of the most sincere music Lopatin’s made.
70
Loud and Quiet
It’s no surprise that ‘Age Of’, especially its latter half, is occasionally cabalistic, and frequently unlikable. But despite its spots of inscrutability, it may be his most accessible release yet, if perhaps not by his own hand.
70
PopMatters

Lopatin clearly intends Age Of to be his most ambitious work ... Yet, despite this grandiosity, Age Of is a decidedly lonely piece, the kind of rumination that one could only really listen to in solitude by the flicker of a computer screen.

65
Under The Radar

Despite the collaborative nature of the album's creative process, Lopatin has built a wall between him and his audience like never before, at a time when a bridge would probably be a more welcome development.

60
musicOMH
Daniel Lopatin’s eighth album as Oneohtrix Point Never finds him splitting the difference between the synth-based abstraction of his previous albums and a more visceral, abrasive style. While neither of these are bad templates to work from per se, the result is an album that doesn’t know what it wants to be.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes

The problem with Age Of is that it doesn’t make it immediately clear what it wants. That’s also its strength.

60
The Needle Drop

Age Of is abstract ear candy at its highest points, but is ultimately Oneohtrix Point Never's least realized album in some time. The vocal tracks in the front half are particularly an Achilles' heel.

MarkCooper
77
Getting more and more cinematic with each release, Age Of is probably Daniel Lopatin's most eclectic album to date.

To me, Oneohtrix Point Never has always been the sole inhabitant of the center of the Electronic music/sound collage Venn Diagram. He holds his own with the best sound collage artists out there, while tailoring his sounds to an actual song structure, giving his music the one-of-a-kind color of a sound collage project, while also feeling immersive and more accessible, like any ... read more
aaron
82
Its seems clear that OPN is working towards a new iteration of his sound, this album the teething process, since the albums highest moments creating the most sonically rich landscapes we've ever heard from OPN, but the labrinths seem a bit empty or better yet, still in construction.

It has been seen, throughout the history of music, that the sound of a half constructed album can be something quite wonderous and poetic, vast moments of discord matched with small moments of perfection. Which ... read more
91
Daniel Lopatin has created another very strange record right here - a blend of freak folk, glitch pop and industrial all pushed his regular progressive electronic sound. The result is a fricative 40 minute experience that will take you to so many thunderous and dizzying journeys that might leave you at first confused, but looking at the bigger picture it is clear that Daniel has not lost it.

The first half is noticeably more tame; he integrates his own vocals on some moments to varying results ... read more
itsyahboinoah
77
OPN hit it out the park with this new record. Blending a wide array of interesting sounds that is sure is out there for an electronic release. It isn't up there for me with his masterpiece record "Replica" but damn this is a rewarding listen.
Midline
85
I dig the shit out of this record. This really does feel like a step forward for the genre it's industrialized euphoria in the best kind of way.
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Track List

  1. Age Of
  2. Babylon
  3. Manifold
  4. The Station
  5. Toys 2
  6. Black Snow
  7. Myriad.Industries
  8. Warning
  9. We’ll Take It
  10. Same
  11. RayCats
  12. Still Stuff That Doesn’t Happen
  13. Last Known Image of a Song
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