Ian William Craig - Thresholder
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #47 / 735
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2018 Ratings: #270
November 2, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

By treating what is essentially a series of sacred music recordings with various techniques designed to degrade those sounds, Craig has delivered an album of church music for an amoral world; spirituals for a broken planet. Awe-inspiring and unforgettable.

90
Spectrum Culture

Easily one of the densest—though also one of the finest—works of his career.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Thresholder is a triumph of meticulously detailed composition and, at the same time, a masterpiece that seems to evolve, albeit in an unnaturally sepulchral soundworld of fragmentation, from the simplest of sources into a life-affirming wholeness.

79
Pitchfork

This compendium of odds and ends from the Canadian singer and sound artist may be his most incisive and convincing album yet, thanks to the way his voice finally becomes one with his machines.

70
AllMusic

While it could be viewed as a clearinghouse of outtakes as Craig works diligently on his next major album, the tracks are sequenced so that they form a coherent whole.

laz456
90
Edit: this album is criminally underrated imo check it out PLEASE!! I still listen to it regularly.

Emotional, captivating, textured ambient that I cannot stop listening to. Every song adds to the experience, every moment feels essential. This is for me a personal favorite ambient album of the decade and definitely my favorite ambient album of the year.
holsgr
78
( ☆☆☆½ ) virtuous/remarkable release
TheRootBoy
78
Ian William Craig constructs an operatic sound building his voice inside the mechanical vibrations. This is contemporary art. The soundtrack of a man-made outer space.
smilycarp5
60
Every track of this album:
1. quite distortion
2. building vocals/strings/synthesizers to climax
3. Wall of noise
4. Repeat

Not saying it's bad though, this formula has it's moments. Not really my cup of tea though.
CheapandLethal
60
Fairly Uninspiring
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Year End Lists

#85/The Quietus

Track List

  1. Elided
  2. Some Absolute Means
  3. TC-377 Poem
  4. Mass Noun
  5. Idea for Contradiction 1
  6. And Therefore the Moonlight
  7. The Last Wesbrook Lament
  8. Discovered in Flat
  9. Sfumato
  10. Idea for Contradiction 2
  11. More Words for Mistake
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