Hard Islands

Nathan Fake - Hard Islands
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2009 Ratings: #429 / 856
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Based on 3 ratings
May 18, 2009 / Release Date
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Hard Islands is the nasty business that grabs a hold of your short and curlies and never lets go until your rocks are off.

Impressively, then, Nathan Fake has shown he is very much more than a one trick pony, with a bold second album statement that gets more impressive with every listen. We should watch his every move closely.
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Hard Islands illustrates just enough evolution in Fake as a producer that it has to be taken on its own terms. After over two years of near silence, I think I speak for many within the RA community when I say: It's about goddamn time.


With only six songs on offer ... it's hard to feel like this is the assertive, confident statement Fake has it in him to make. As a strategic move out from the ghetto of nostalgic IDM Nowheresville, though, it'll suit just fine.

Coke Machine Glow

Hard Islands is hardly a wash, just frustratingly short of the sound statement Fake wanted to make.

Drowned in Sound
There’s no doubting that sensory sensations offered here can hold the listener, but most likely they'll be enjoyed a helluva lot more while chemically-enhanced; essentially this is not a record designed for home listening.
Ultimately, it lacks the variety or the startling sonic leaps that would make it essential. Interesting, but no cigar.

A few of the Hard productions are among Fake’s finest to date, but this release—its short running time aside—works primarily on a collection basis, as if it were two separate EPs gathered for one release and nothing more than that.

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Added on: January 18, 2015