AOTY 2019

Faith in Strangers

Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2014 Ratings: #47 / 845
Year End Rank: #32
User Score
Based on 198 ratings
2014 Ratings: #72
November 18, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Modern Love / Label
Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

It’s an album that confirms Stott has been slowly building a platform and not a wall, raising himself above the murk to a midpoint where spotlight and shadow meet. It’s an exciting step forward for an artist who could easily have been content to hang back.

90
Resident Advisor

Even at its darkest and furthest out, Faith In Strangers is as warm and engaging as albums that make standard inroads to listeners' hearts. 

90
Exclaim!

What Faith in Strangers does do is confirm Stott's position as one of the most stirring and explorative producers going.

84
Pitchfork
The separate moments are astounding, evidence of a musician who has managed to remain inquisitive even as he’s established his signature.
83
Consequence of Sound

Stott looks patiently inside whirring machines and pulls out their constructed heartbeats; Faith in Strangers is simultaneously a machine and movement, a noun and a verb.

83
Pretty Much Amazing
There is a starkness to Stott’s work, but there is an unusual sort of beauty to it as well.
80
AllMusic

Despite a radical switch from digital to analog gear, the album is as bleak and as bracing as Luxury Problems. Stott coaxes his harshest and gentlest sounds yet, sometimes within the same track.

80
Spin

The album is another leap forward for the producer, refining his sense of songcraft and expanding his instrumental palette without sanding down his rough edges in the slightest.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Faith In Strangers amplifies human interaction with the elements and the fractured nature of our relationship with them; this might not be the most joyful depiction, but it has been impeccably well documented here.

80
PopMatters

Most of Faith in Strangers is a groove machine, albeit a despondent and sometimes hostile one.

80
Paste
Stott’s is a world that creeps and crawls, united by a sense of dread that can take several spins to fully unpack.
80
Wondering Sound

Instead of continuing their exploration of Problems‘ more meditative planes, here Stott and Skidmore delve back into the depths, mining mantle-crumbling beats engorged with dread and cautious beauty.

60
Rolling Stone

Silence and space are savored even when the tempo ratchets up. But human tenderness still illuminates these tracks at their darkest

amygoodall
70
good
HVLL3R
100
★★★★★★★★★★ / A very rich and mutable 9-track album that, with every track, presents different regions of Andy's flair for music.
holsgr
68
( ☆☆☆ ) good/average work
CheapandLethal
55
Uninspiring
JustinSlick
91
Finally heard this. It is incredible--probably my favorite electronic album since Nils Frahm's Spaces or Jon Hopkins' Immunity.
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Track List

  1. Time Away
  2. Violence
  3. On Oath
  4. Science & Industry
  5. No Surrender
  6. How It Was
  7. Damage
  8. Faith in Strangers
  9. Missing
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