Reality Testing

Lone - Reality Testing
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2014 Ratings: #331 / 845
User Score
Based on 66 ratings
2014 Ratings: #171
June 17, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

This is Lone's best work to date, and one that shows it's possible to keep evolving while holding onto a strong sense of identity.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Lone’s path forward isn’t a leap but a humanisation. Reality Testing is a markedly more personal record than its predecessor, and indisputably more cohesive. 

80
The 405

It's this widening of scope, combined with such a strong sense of identity, which makes Reality Testing tick over beautifully.

80
DIY

Less fantastical than Fifth Element or any farfetched sci-fi flick, ‘Reality Testing’ absorbs fragments of the past to give a more accurate impression of the future. It’s Cutler’s wild imaginations being given their own space.

80
AllMusic

Altogether, the album is suited more for background listening or a stroll through a sun-bleached cityscape.

80
NME

Lone coats everything in the same Orbital-esque melodies that made 2012’s 'Galaxy Garden' such a winner, producing an album that is both intriguingly new and gorgeously listenable.

80
Resident Advisor

It shows him settling into a state of deep contentment, evoking the same warm and fuzzy feeling you get from throwing on a record that you know inside and out.

80
FACT Magazine

When he introduces a bit of friction – between the real and the imagined, the grit of life and the sheen of fantasy – the results are all the more seductive.

80
Pitchfork

Reality Testing stands as one of the year's best, most luxuriant, and accomplished electronic albums, more proof that when it comes to forging a new future out of what’s already taken place, Cutler remains at the top of his game.

70
PopMatters

Lone has enough gems up his sleeves to balance out the sleepier tracks. 

50
Sputnikmusic

As far as engaging music that functions as anything other than pleasant background noise, Reality Testing falls completely flat, and ends up being yet another addition to Lone’s catalogue of music that’s almost impossible to get excited about.

Sorrugis
58
Reality Testing suffers from the same issue a lot of Lone's earlier works had: most if not all tracks end before they even begin, and at that point, the album becomes more like nice background music than active listening music. It's not bad for a track or two, but as a whole 52 minute project, Reality Testing quickly becomes too dull and forgettable to be anything special.

Loved: Meeker Warm Energy, Airglow Fires
Liked: First Born Seconds, Begin to Begin, Jaded, Vengeance Video, Cutched ... read more
snarekickblues
77
Best Track: Meeker Warm Energy, 2 is 8, Airglow Fires, Jaded, or Cutched Under
Worst Track: Begin to Begin
Most Overrated Track: Aurora Northern Quarter
Most Underrated Track: Stuck

I'm really digging this side of Lone more - this dynamic, layered house is way more interesting than the club-oriented style of house found on Galaxy Garden. I'm lovin it so far!
raymon
83
Although it is not as challenging as his previous album Galaxy Garden, this album is more cohesive altogether. This feels like a musical spaceship ride back into earth. The songs transition well together which makes this album more enjoyable.
tha138
70
Electronic pixels that draw their own dancing figures.
And how elegant is their dance!
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Track List

  1. First Born Seconds
  2. Restless City
  3. Meeker Warm Energy
  4. Aurora Northern Quarter
  5. 2 is 8
  6. Airglow Fires
  7. Coincidences
  8. Begin To Begin
  9. Jaded
  10. Vengeance Video
  11. Stuck
  12. Cutched Under
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