AOTY 2019

Monsters Exist

Orbital - Monsters Exist
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Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #579 / 736
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Based on 23 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.

KengojiUltamYT
85
Orbital bullshitted their way through this album and that is a good thing! The second comeback album is always the best most because those things don't exist this is an exception. The mix of Classic Orbital and Modern EDM on Monsters Exist is inviting for newcomers but alienating for fans. I can see why this is a bit of a disappointment but not 2/100 material within the concept of music. Calm tf down @Toasterqueen12 with these god awful hot takes. Enough about Toasterqueen's hatred of bleep ... read more
holsgr
39
☆½ ~ Exiguous and quite unsteady listen. Not my thing.
middleagedmale
60
unneccessary. i liked p.h.u.k. though.
Nihao757
70
P.H.U.K. is wonderful
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!
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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