Monsters Exist

Orbital - Monsters Exist
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Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #565 / 716
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Based on 18 ratings
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters

With just nine tracks, Orbital once again prove that their chosen genre of music need not be so devoid of emotion or variety, and why they, despite the time off, continue to remain at the top of a heap heavily populated with copycats.

70
AllMusic

It continues their tradition of making forward-thinking albums which reflect the present but glance excitedly, cautiously, and fearlessly into the future.

60
Slant Magazine

The album thrives when Orbital strikes a balance between, rather than juxtaposes, disparate tempos and textures.

60
Exclaim!

Monsters Exist stands as one of Orbital's most frustrating albums — the ideas are present, but the execution simply isn't.

60
Pitchfork

There are glimmers of their crowd-pleasing, mind-expanding rave heyday, but too often the material lacks a sense of purpose.

middleagedmale
60
unneccessary. i liked p.h.u.k. though.
tha138
58
What did I really get from the first album of the reformed Orbital?
I like its title and I like its sleeve, but the music...
...concluding that it would be very difficult to play it again!
Super_Conzo
69
Another frustrating post-90s LP from Orbital. Here the brothers manage to deliver tracks that have bags of character such as Hoo Hoo Ha Ha, P.H.U.K and Tiny Foldable Cities yet also poop out generic EDM drivel like Buried Deep Within or vacant sci-fi rave like Vision OnE.

The Raid deserves a 2nd or 3rd movement in which it breaks down, freaks out then storms off into chaos, a good ol 8 minute romp, but no, they just repeat the same shapeless hook and then stop [sigh].

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#41/DJ Mag
#41/Mixmag
#49/Fopp
#90/God Is In The TV

Track List

  1. Monsters Exist
  2. Hoo Hoo Ha Ha
  3. The Raid
  4. P.H.U.K.
  5. Tiny Foldable Cities
  6. Buried Deep Within
  7. Vision OnE
  8. The End Is Nigh
  9. There Will Come a Time (feat. Prof. Brian Cox)
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Added on: May 11, 2018