AOTY 2019

Ribbons

Bibio - Ribbons
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #303 / 616
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2019 Ratings: #485
April 12, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

With Ribbons, it is clear that Bibio is trying to take the best parts of his music over the years and bring them together into one concise, but eclectic, album, and on more than a few moments, he succeeds beautifully.

80
AllMusic

This time, Wilkinson spotlights the acoustic elements that have added warmth to his sound since the beginning, and the freshness of Ribbons suggest that his break from song-based music reinvigorated him.

80
PopMatters

There is a classicism to the songs that give Ribbons a mature, lived in feel but also dislocates it from any specific era, giving it a unique and distinctive feel.

80
Clash

A record that focuses on fleeting glimpses, on liminal evenings and burgeoning mornings, it’s imbued with sublime melodic flair and a lingering atmosphere that echoes after the final note has been plucked gracefully from Bibio’s well-served guitar.

75
Pitchfork

On Ribbons, he turns familiarity into a virtue: In channeling sounds of the distant past, he brings something new to his customary swirl of birdsong, babbling brooks, Fairport Convention 8-tracks, and other rural accoutrements.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Wilkinson has once again proved his complete mastery of bottling a certain tone to his music through the right craft of sounds. With Ribbons, he has bottled springtime.

75
The 405

The inviting nature of this record is well worth the time. It’s Wilkinson’s most picturesque and organic album, easily playing somewhere in the background on a summer day.

70
Spectrum Culture

Bibio’s Ribbons is a folk album made with a beatmaker’s perspective.

60
Loud and Quiet

In this patchwork quilt of a record ... there’s plenty of space to lift from it its choicest moments and discard the rest.

60
Under The Radar

Ribbons is by no means a stand-out album from an illustrious career and it is not the most memorable of works, but it is a solid, enjoyable folk listen that is perfect for optimism in the sunshine, and, hell, we all need a bit of that right now.

KengojiUltamYT
79
Ribbons nicely combines Folk and Experimental Electronic music

Best Tracks: The Art of Living,Before,Curls,It’s Your Bones,Old Graffiti,Patchouli May,Under a Lone Ash
Worst Track: Erdaydidder-Erdiddar
bajafrecuencia
60
Marvelous performances, alas not as entertaining as I would wanted them to be. Enjoy a lot the production and arrangements, but I just can't see me coming back to this album any time soon.

Decent 6
usedtobe
85
Evokes a strong sense of nostalgia and familiarity that delivers. Beautifully composed.
laz456
50
Can you go back to making ambient, please?
KIDWITHGUNs
NR
Album cover looks like concept art from a Final Fantasy game.
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Track List

  1. Beret Girl
  2. The Art of Living
  3. Before
  4. Curls
  5. Ode to a Nuthatch
  6. Watch the Flies
  7. It’s Your Bones
  8. You Couldn’t Even Hear the Birds Singing
  9. Pretty Ribbons and Lovely Flowers
  10. Erdaydidder-Erdiddar
  11. Frankincense and Coal
  12. Old Graffiti
  13. Patchouli May
  14. Valley Wulf
  15. Quarters
  16. Under a Lone Ash
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