Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2010 Ratings: #38 / 879
Year End Rank: #38
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Based on 124 ratings
2010 Ratings: #85
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June 21, 2010 / Release Date
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Editions Mego / Label
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FACT Magazine

I thought it was ambient. The riveting, often terrifying Returnal makes me ashamed for thinking any such thing: Daniel Lopatin is the real deal, deserving of his current elevated status, and even if he never makes another good record again, this one will endure.

Resident Advisor

It's only mid-July, Returnal still seems like a lock for record of the year in a throwback genre expanding beyond cassette-collectors and Brain Records lovers.

Having softened his attacks and smeared his notes into indefinite shapes, he seems to sever the music from any kind of causality, so that it simply floats freely, morphing, rippling in a dance of infinite regeneration, like some perfect lifeform.
Drowned in Sound

Both beautiful and terrible at once, Returnal is the aural equivalent of a scuba dive in the open ocean.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Lopatin dissects elements of sound and arranges them into new magickal sigils, making Returnal not just a collection of tracks but an indivisible and cohesive whole, held in place this time not by grids and zones but by atmospheres and plumes. 

As usual, one of music’s most exciting artists has put out a challenging, unexpected, and brain-melting record.
Coke Machine Glow

Perhaps the most humane action Lopatin’s performed on Returnal is to trim it, keeping things tight at a prompt forty minutes.

Beats Per Minute

Returnal is a cinematic, flowing story. It will scare you, soothe you, and will cause your mind to create its own visual landscape. It will force you to listen to it as a soundtrack. It’s guaranteed to wear you out through the physicality of its sound but calm you with its gentle textures.

"Returnal" brings more aggressive noise to OPN's usual ambient/drone sound and, in “return”, fleshes out most of these ideas into one dense, rich atmosphere.

Fav Tracks: Returnal, Describing Bodies, Pelham Island Road, Stress Waves, Ouroboros

Least Fav Track: Preyouandi

here on a trial basis but this is the premier bill of opn i want. hazy synths filled with emotion, hypnagogic compositions that are still assured and guided in their flow, catchy melodies, a pop song in here with the title track, but all of this has the honor of sitting alongside the incredible noise of nil admirari. it's also kind of thematically the entire thesis of vaporwave-esque electronics boiled down as far as it can be with all the reprises and the hazy journey that is not a journey ... read more
☆☆☆½ — remarkable
Goddamn, what an ablum. Oneohtrix Point Never immediately pulverizes you with noise which leads into a calming ambience. The ambient parts of the album makes me feel like I'm floating on water, letting the ripples rise up and fall down all over my body. At any moment, I can sink. OPN was on the right track with this album. Leaving the vaporwave to the side, he uses soundwaves that's difficult to put into words. Wavy. This album is wavy. Although it loses me a bit near the end, this is still a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Nil Admirari
  2. Describing Bodies
  3. Stress Waves
  4. Returnal
  5. Pelham Island Road
  6. Where Does Time Go
  7. Ouroboros
  8. Preyouandi
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