Against All Logic - 2017 - 2019
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #15 / 81
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Based on 494 ratings
2020 Ratings: #6
February 7, 2020 / Release Date
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80
Exclaim!

2017-2019 is the music we need in 2020: ambitious, fearless and provocative.

80
Clash

Jaar shows signs of evolving here, and it’s more than welcome. For a record that feels chaotic at times, everything falls into place.

80
The Needle Drop
Nicolas Jaar's second outing as A.A.L. is a bit more far-out than the first, and about as fantastic.
79
Pitchfork

Nicolas Jaar returns to his dancefloor alias, swapping out the mid-tempo crowd-pleasers for a set of surprisingly stern techno that bristles with distortion.

thejacktackshac
74
I think it's safe to say that Nicholas Jaar was my favorite producer of the last decade. His work under several pseudonyms over the past years have been absolutely spell-binding. The finely tuned and intricate microhouse cuts on Space is only noise, his Nymph EPs, the excellent collaboration with guitarist Dave Harrington, that with the addition of harrington's guitar further enhanced Jaar's electronics, and finally one of his most consistent and gratifying works to date under the pseudonym ... read more
lachlantula
93
This album does NOT let up! Holy shit man, Jaar really outdid himself with this one and it might be even better than 2012-2017. Gotta think about it some more and I'll be back with some actually meaningful sentences.
koner1
59
2017 - 2019 took me by surprise a bit. As was the case for a lot of people, 2012 - 2017 was my introduction to the world of Nicolas Jaar. It was a fun record, full of tons of memorable house tunes that wouldn't sound out of place on a dancefloor in the least.

Being the naive person that I am, I was assuming that this new album here was very much going to be a pure follow up to that record. I was expecting to hear more of the same, and I was looking forward to it because I really did enjoy his ... read more
musicmagpie55
82
It is fascinating to think about how A.A.L.'s music parallels the time frame in the title. 2012-2017 felt warm, communal, and inquisitive (and a little gimmicky tbh). The songs bubbled with hope and light. 2017-2019 is more militant and industrial. The warmth that undergirded his previous album is replaced with haunting anxiety and a sense of unease. Jaar's music echoes the contemporary energy; it's paranoid, heavy, and frustrated. The album literally fades away at the end, leaving you ... read more
BradTasteMusic
75
I was excited to see what was in store for a new AAL project. It’s a fun listen, but there is something that the last album had that this doesn’t...

Memorable songs. Nothing here is memorable at all for any good reasons.
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Track List

  1. Fantasy
  2. If Loving You Is Wrong
  3. With an Addict
  4. If You Can’t Do It Good, Do It Hard [ft. Lydia Lunch]
  5. Alarm
  6. Deeeeeeefers
  7. Faith
  8. Penny
  9. You (Forever)
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Added on: January 31, 2020