Porter Robinson - Worlds
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2014 Ratings: #855 / 953
User Score
Based on 172 ratings
2014 Ratings: #136
Liked by 6 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.

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 it wouldve kickstarted my ... read more
So pretty much everyone around me was hyping this album up for me, saying it was an incredible experience.

What am I supposed to make of this? Maybe I missed the train back when it released in 2014, but there's honestly not much special here. The few singles I listened to prior to the whole album I actually liked, but in context with the album, they land a bit flatter than they did before.

There's not much I can say that really offends me with this album, but it's honestly really BORING. I ... read more
It's fine. I don't like how sugary and fake it sounds, it just doesn't do anything for me. I do like the first track though
When I first heard this album I knew it just had to be a 10. There was no way this beauty of an album could be anything but a 10. However, after a few years of music experience, I can say this album is no longer a 10, but it is still a great piece of art nonetheless. Worlds comes jammed packed with cute, banging edm/indie pop. Some tracks are pretty boring, however some are complete masterpieces. The production on each track is good, and the singing for the most part is nice, although a chunk ... read more
Worlds is two things to me: a blisfull experience and very generic. Two contradicting statements, but probably the only way to describe this album fairly, because I'm a quite a big fan of Robinsons work.
It's one of the best albums I've ever heard and definitly in my top 10. What makes it so good is not so much the tracks on the album self but the whole experience surrounding the album. From the live show to Robinsons vision on the album and music in general. Something I connect to on a very ... read more
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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