AOTY 2019
Gesaffelstein - Hyperion
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #610 / 614
User Score
Based on 188 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1087
March 8, 2019 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

60
Highsnobiety

His new record, the uneven-yet-somehow-still-sexy Hyperion, makes a formidable effort with a string of high profile cameos and genuinely accessible pop tunes, but ends up recalling past greats rather than cementing a unique identity for its creator.

58
Resident Advisor

A major label dance music album spoiled by too many guest stars.

50
Pitchfork

Even with a decade of experience under his belt ... Hyperion suggests that Lévy isn’t quite ready to make the professional leap that the album supposedly represents.

40
NME

On ‘Hyperion’, feted French producer Gesaffelstein fails to recreate his past glories, turning in a confused and lacklustre record that is only fitfully inspired.

40
Spectrum Culture

Hyperion fails to reach the depth or drive of Mike Lévy’s previous work.

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55
The Songs with Pharrell and HAIM are obvious standouts to me despite them taking me back to the summer of 2013. the rest of the album is futuristic techno gibberish. The 10 minute closer Humanity Gone brings nothing new apart from its length. Gesaffelstein had everything to prove with this album but unfortunately it seems their biggest work will remain their Abel Tesfaye collabs, which are pretty good.
Plats
56
Despite some dark, punchy electronic soundscapes and A-list collaborators, "Hyperion" becomes exhaustively tedious on the last three tracks and... *sigh* the way Abel wrote the second verse on "Lost In The Fire" continues to piss me off.

Fav Tracks: Blast Off, So Bad, Forever, Reset

Least Fav Tracks: Lost In The Fire, Memora

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5.6
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Menu Screen music
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70
cover art: 10/10

Favourite tracks: Hyperion, Reset, Lost in the Fire, Blast Off, Vortex
Least favourite track: Humanity Gone
zachthesnack
44
I am relatively disappointed wih this as I have loved everything Gesaffelstein has out out up to this point. Its a shame that he wasn’t able to live up to the hype he generated with songs like Viol back in the early 2010s and his work on Yeezus.

A lot of you guys are only bashing this because of Abel’s lyrics on LITF. There are actually a lot of really cool sonic moments on this record and it just has a generally interesting vibe and flows quite nicely. I wish he would have stuck ... read more
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MISC LISTS

#47/Complex (First Half)

Track List

  1. Hyperion
  2. Reset
  3. Lost in the Fire
  4. Ever Now
  5. Blast Off
  6. So Bad (feat. HAIM)
  7. Forever (feat. The Hacker & Electric Youth)
  8. Vortex
  9. Memora
  10. Humanity Gone
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