AOTY 2018

Pastoral

Gazelle Twin - Pastoral
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #19 / 706
Year End Rank: #46
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2018 Ratings: #328
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
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Anti-Ghost Moon Ray / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
Gazelle Twin has crafted a masterpiece that feels timeless, her most deft blend of punishing and melodic yet as well as a fearless examination of both then and now.
100
Drowned in Sound

Pastoral is a towering work that truly distils all of its maker's talents into a unified whole. It runs deeper than being merely being just a response to Brexit. Its a braver album than that, one that can face horror in hope for better times, one of innocence and experience.

90
Loud and Quiet
The darkness of the album is inescapable and in places oppressive ... However, for every burst of noise or gothic wail there’s a hook of equal potency.
90
musicOMH

There is absolutely no doubting that Pastoral is a phenomenal piece of work. It’s a brilliantly informed artistic statement and a state of the nation address that cuts right through.

80
PopMatters

Pastoral is a bizarre album in the most positive way, and its amalgamation of traditional musical concepts within this futuristic pop structure is what makes it so enticing.

80
The Line of Best Fit

This is high-concept art which shrugs off any accusations of pretension by dint of its integrity and punch. It is impossible to journey far into Pastoral without feeling emotionally affected.

80
Spectrum Culture

Narratively, conceptually and—most importantly—musically, Pastoral is an awe-inspiring record. Surrounded by some of the strangest, most rewarding sound design in recent electronic memory, Bernholz delivers a potent political message that escapes both alienating specificity and ineffective generalities.

77
Pitchfork
The Brighton electronic musician’s third LP belongs to a proud tradition of English satire, plumbing the depths of the nation’s psyche and twisting it to wryly discomforting ends.
60
The Guardian

Often on Pastoral, Elizabeth Bernholz’s attempts to defamiliarise the horrors of contemporary British society – Brexit, poverty, xenophobia – through absurdity land squarely on the nose.

Plats
74
Featuring a abrasive and weird but beautiful soundscape and a nice commentary on the Brexit, "Pastoral" is an impressive, albeit light, record from Gazelle Twin.

Fav Tracks: Glory, Little Lambs, Hobby Horse, Better in My Day, Dieu Et Mon Droit, Dance of the Peddlers

Least Fav Track: Tea Rooms

Score:
7.4
Good

*insert Aphex Twin joke here*
musicmagpie55
79
I poured this spooky ass milk all over my cereal this morning, and I was not disappointed by it! This album is fun and aggressive while still feeling extremely dense and complex. The energy level never dips, it feels fresh and sassy throughout, and I love the album art! Feeling these oats.
Doofy
NR
Starts like it's got something to say...

...ends like it's got nothing else to do.

Middle of the road, NR
zachthesnack
21
Ouchie my head hurts...time to take a nap
MySoftBulletin
91
This is a modern advancement of protest music, a deeply disturbing take on the vast problems with modern society, as if the album itself has absorbed the darkness surrounding it. While not saying much, the message gets across more so than any post-trump / post-brexit political album I have heard.
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Track List

  1. Folly
  2. Better in My Day
  3. Little Lambs
  4. Old Thorn
  5. Dieu Et Mon Droit
  6. Throne
  7. Mongrel
  8. Glory
  9. Tea Rooms
  10. Jerusalem
  11. Dance of the Peddlers
  12. Hobby Horse
  13. Sunny Stories
  14. Over the Hills
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Added on: September 17, 2018