Burial - Rival Dealer
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
User Score
Based on 251 ratings
2013 Ratings: #17
Liked by 4 people
December 16, 2013 / Release Date
EP / Format
Hyperdub / Label
Future Garage / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

Rival Dealer finds him making a huge leap forward from last year’s masterful Kindred: it engages more openly with mainstream dance music and non-dance genres, it features more original synth work, it eschews accessible structures in favor of multi-movement marathons.

90
Pitchfork

The stylistic leaps made on this new release are more jarring and revelatory than anything in Burial's catalog. It's unquestionably his strongest release since Kindred, and his most satisfying statement of purpose since Untrue.

86
Sputnikmusic

Talk of pretension aside, Rival Dealer is an important piece of work, a genuinely astounding and jaw-dropping release that deserves every pair of ears it can find. 

80
Consequence of Sound

Burial has always carved love stories from the shadows. On Rival Dealer, he blasts light onto the heavy struggle toward self-love.

80
Resident Advisor

Debate will rage indefinitely on its merits, but to my ears Rival Dealer places Burial in a new creative sweet spot. 

80
AllMusic

Compared to what preceded it, this is easily the producer's most emotional and story-like output. 

50
The Needle Drop

It's hard to believe the three tracks on this Rival Dealer EP are actually Burial tracks, because they bring the UK-based producer's sound in a such a different direction. We're not getting moody, skeletal dubstep tunes on this one, people. Get ready for some auto-tuned synth pop with a boatload of atmosphere.

Plats
97
A huge change of sound, "Rival Dealer" contains some of his prettiest, most upbeat compositions in his entire catalog. "Come Down To Us" is just something else.

Rival Dealer: 9.5
Hiders: 9.5
Come Down To Us: 10

Score:
9.7
Amazing
80
Rival Dealer is everything I adore about Burial’s music - moody, atmospheric, at times chilling, but this time packed into a smaller container that is equally as thrilling. The same aesthetics are on show as you heard on Untrue, but with a bit more complex structuring, especially with the opener and closer both being well over 10 minutes in lengths. There are times where we hear a lot more pretty chord patterns and gentle synths, which do make it somewhat of a turn for the better, not ... read more
Slush_Puppy
90
The best thing Burial has put out since Untrue.

I love this stylistic change, it's a bit more in your face than anything Burial has done before. Burial also experiments with autotuned vocals. This EP is just pretty.
Humbug
NR
Burial touched me
LilGatorade
90
Goddamn
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Added on: December 11, 2013