Agora

Fennesz - Agora
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #342 / 767
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2019 Ratings: #277
Liked by 4 people
March 29, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Touch / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Pitchfork
The experimental musician’s sweeping, ambient album works in small, fascinating ways from moment to moment but has a cumulative force that is unlike anything he’s done in years.
80
Drowned in Sound

This is an album that is full of glorious melodies, harsh noise and field recordings. Agora is the strongest, and most cohesive, album that Fennesz has released in over a decade, and that is no mean feat.

80
AllMusic

The unpolished feel of Agora is a bit striking for a Fennesz release, but it's clearly just as carefully considered as his other albums, and makes a welcome addition to his catalog.

70
Exclaim!

Taken in at a moderate volume, the album is easier to consume, but no less dominating. This is about as far from background music as it is possible for an ambient recording to be.

70
Spectrum Culture

Though this is some of the most wrenching music in the man’s catalog, it’s also the muddiest and least musically interesting.

Doofy
78
No game changer or anything like that but this is a solid return to something close to the 'Endless Summer' style.

Good fuzz.
laz456
70
This album SOUNDS amazing and I think this is a really solid project. But I don't think it's as emotionally captivating as I was hoping it would be. After several enjoyable listens I think I mostly got out of it all it can offer.
Tallglassofwate
70
Fennesz is one of the most consistently good ambient artists in the business. His noisey, glitchy style is utterly unique and when he wields it properly it's achingly beautiful. Among Fennesz' fantastic career this release is really nothing special but that doesn't mean it isn't any good. The talented artists crafts gorgeous soundscapes that hearken to the ocean. At times, the listener gets the sense that they are adrift in a vast sea with the sun glistening above. This is also characteristic ... read more
amygoodall
60
good
goncalocouto
73
the sound is simple, yet beautiful. the concept is relaxing and overwhelming
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Added on: January 17, 2019