Agora

Fennesz - Agora
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #326 / 737
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2019 Ratings: #327
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March 29, 2019 / Release Date
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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.
76fex
70
When it comes to Fennesz, as with many electro-ambient artists, I can do without the frivolous texturizing that constantly plagues the genre. I prefer when he focuses on developing the melodic atmosphere. Fortunately Agora is texturized appropriately and backed by simple, but poignant progressions; the textural veneer is just there to remind you that you're listening to Fennesz.
holsgr
80
☆☆☆½ — remarkable
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.
oh
60
I don't like this type of experimental music so I wasn't really expecting to like the album that much. Their is some good moments on the album but the rest is just not the greatest.

Favourite tracks: Rainfall, Agora
Lest favourite track: In My Room
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Year End Lists

#8/Pitchfork
#34/BrooklynVegan
#35/Obscure Sound

Track List

  1. In My Room
  2. Rainfall
  3. Agora
  4. We Trigger the Sun
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Added on: January 17, 2019