Burial - Rival Dealer
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
User Score
Based on 231 ratings
2013 Ratings: #15
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
LilGatorade
90
Goddamn
Humbug
NR
Burial touched me
TheRootBoy
82
Burial should stop producing a single or two (or three) and just drop another LP full of tracks like these here.
amygoodall
92
good
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Track List

  1. Rival Dealer
  2. Hiders
  3. Come Down to Us
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Added on: December 11, 2013