Porter Robinson - Worlds
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2014 Ratings: #868 / 965
User Score
Based on 208 ratings
2014 Ratings: #101
Liked by 9 people
August 12, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Astralwerks / Label
Electropop, Synthpop / Genres
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If you’re the kind of listener who cries foul every time an artist swaps source material, Worlds might not be for you. But if you can cut the guy a little creative slack, then Worlds is pretty freakin’ awesome.

Rolling Stone

Although it doesn’t sound quite like EDM, Worlds manages to retain the thrilling rush of emotions that the best raves inspire.


Much more than a corrective gesture, the specific mix of sounds on Worlds—part synthy indie-pop, part twinkling bedroom-beatmaker fare, part festival-ready electro—comes at an excellent time.

Through several clumsier moments, it's evident Robinson's still getting the hang of making music that translates outside clubs and festivals. Going by what he has accomplished and what he aimed to achieve here, his development should be fascinating.
Consequence of Sound
Instead of truly moving either EDM or indie pop forward, Robinson teeters in a mundane middle ground.
Wondering Sound

Worlds mimics the similarly nostalgic ache of M83 but without that act’s nuance or individuality: He’s trying to shift from extroversion to introspection by simply slowing and softening his clichés. At this early point, Robinson’s interior universe seems strikingly secondhand.

The Needle Drop

Porter Robinson's full-length debut molds the sounds of indie pop for an EDM palate.

EDIT: 6 years. thank you, porter.

happy 5 year birthday to my favorite album of all time. i remember back in like 2014, when all i listened to was shitty dubstep and monstercat, i heard Sad Machine on soundcloud for the first time, and i thought it sounded like absolute shit. there was no epic heavy bass !!!! what the epic fuck !!! god, if i had known back then how fucking amazing this album was, it mightve pushed me to listen to different genres, or music outside of my comfort zone, and maybe ... read more
this album prolly
is what soul lady is for
me for many, bit

generic but who
cares at the end of the day
this is happiness

place where (you) reminisce
'bout all your favorite moments
of your life (and) feel good
I think it's just hard for fans of porter to describe how surreal of an experience it is for them. I couldn't properly explain how I feel when I listen, But I'll try my best.
Porter's music is like an "everything will be ok" message.
However, unlike most situations, I believe it. When people say "it gets better" its usually meaningless to me. You don't understand what I'm thinking and you will never. And even if You know it will, how can I trust you? Do you really care or ... read more
this album is kinda generic, sure, say what you want, but this is my favorite album of all time. it's at the point where i barely listen to it anymore because if i do i'll probably start crying out of sheer blissful nostalgia. i love this thing to pieces, it's probably unhealthy

favorite tracks: all of them
least favorite tracks: none of them
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Track List

  1. Divinity (feat. Amy Milan)
  2. Sad Machine
  3. Years of War (feat. Breanne Duren and Sean Caskey)
  4. Flicker
  5. Fresh Static Show
  6. Polygon Dust (feat. Lemaitre)
  7. Hear The Bells (feat. Imaginary Cities)
  8. Natural Light
  9. Lionhearted (feat. Urban Cone)
  10. Sea of Voices
  11. Fellow Feeling
  12. Goodbye to a World
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Added on: August 5, 2014