Sixteen Oceans

Four Tet - Sixteen Oceans
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #122 / 160
User Score
Based on 218 ratings
2020 Ratings: #109
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March 13, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters

Four Tet's 10th album, Sixteen Oceans, begins on the dancefloor, travels to the woods, and ends becalmed, invoking, and bestowing peace and tranquility.

73
Paste

With such lovely environmental textures, Sixteen Oceans makes it easy to imagine how warm a fully ambient album from Four Tet might be.

70
AllMusic

A little bit of a diversion from past Four Tet releases, Sixteen Oceans feels like Hebden is taking a moment to stop and reflect on his family, his environment, music culture, and everything else that made him who he is.

70
Exclaim!

Sixteen Oceans is a sign of Hebden settling into his well-trodden niche.

69
Pitchfork

The view’s lovely, but for the moment, it feels like Hebden is sailing in circles.

60
musicOMH

There is more of interest on Sixteen Oceans than on 2017’s New Energy, and there is certainly nothing here that’s outright bad, but Four Tet is still stuck in something of an artistic rut.

thejacktackshac
68
Out of the handful of artists that came out of the late 90s and early 2000s house/IDM scene, Four Tet has proved to be one of the longest-lasting and most resiliently original of the bunch. That scene eventually gave way to the not-so-original and mainstream EDM wave that still regularly comes in with the tide. However Four Tet/Kieran Hebden over two-decades has proven himself time and time again with, for example, the artsy and collage-like beats that made up "Rounds", and some of ... read more
Z.Younk
77
He really does explore new territory with every album, which is risky and really putting himself out there for his listeners that keeps his work so fresh. Not at all a disappointing follow-up to the rejuvenated sounding, excellent New Energy.
PatrickL0419
82
Goes hard
MinatoArisato
60
One of those albums that's really pleasant whilst listening to it, especially as background noise, but after it's over I don't really feel all too attached to it.

Best Track: Harpsichord
Worst Track: Hi Hello
88
bursting at the seams with positive energy. much needed in these confusing times.

it helps that a lot of these songs slap too.
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Track List

  1. School
  2. Baby
  3. Harpsichord
  4. Teenage Birdsong
  5. Romantics
  6. Love Salad
  7. Insect Near Piha Beach
  8. Hi Hello
  9. ISTM
  10. Something In The Sadness
  11. 1993 Band Practice
  12. Green
  13. Bubbles At Overlook, 25th March 2019
  14. 4T Recordings
  15. This Is For You
  16. Mama Teaches Sanskrit
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