AOTY 2021

acts of rebellion

Ela Minus - acts of rebellion
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #193 / 821
User Score
Based on 209 ratings
2020 Ratings: #81
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
This innovative debut album fuses urgent anthems with meditative moments to soundtrack the momentum of change.
84
Beats Per Minute
She may be staying indoors, but Ela Minus’ work just may be the proverbial push we need back outside of our cramped state of stress.
84
Paste
It’s a prophetic, vital message, and it’s wrapped in some of the best electronic and pop music of the year.
80
AllMusic

On every track, Minus gives listeners a clear sense of her worldview and balances all the elements of her music with an organic sophistication remarkable for a debut album.

80
The Guardian
The record shares messages of self-love and resistance which, integrated in its DIY approach, punch through with real resonance.
72
Pitchfork

acts of rebellion examines the quiet, intimate moments of life as well as concepts that are vast and difficult to convey. Minus approaches both with rich and sophisticated electronic music.

70
God Is in the TV
As this album was created by the Bogota-born by herself, it exemplifies the power that your ideas can bring if you stick to your own undisturbed instincts and win the everyday battles.
60
Loud and Quiet

Though the Colombia-born, Brooklyn-based musician aims for Fourth of July fireworks on her debut album acts of rebellion, she achieves something more like modest sparklers.

marvelgaryen
82
Downtown vibes on this one, very interesting production overall, not sure I can qualify this album as dark electropop but it has the qualities of one. The progression between tracks are on point, the vocals shape the musical crossing and set a balance of cohesion. Also I caught myself shaking head throughout the whole 41 minutes. It's a yes for me.
vladislavradak
88
A brilliant, orchestra-sounding like yet minimalistic debut. It is festive, it is protestive. It is inspiring and melodic, it is textured and tamed. You have everything there: from minimalistic melodies like in "you told us it was hard..." to dance anthems like ‘El Cielo No Es De Nadie’. Influences are wide: Kraftwerk, m83, Daft Punk, but Ela Minus stays original and honest with her topics, voice and style. Nothing is impossible here.
ocrakraut
80
Lovely electronica, very solid debut almost as consistent as the singles promised, only letdown are the instrumentals and Close - yet very entertaining
cstuart
77
lovely ❀️‍🩹❀️‍🩹 it’s sweet seeing how far EM has come since the beginning
Howl
71
Favorite Tracks: They Told Us It Was Hard-But They Were Wrong, Dominique, El Cielo No Es De Nadie
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Track List

  1. N19 5NF
  2. they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.
  3. el cielo no es de nadie
  4. megapunk
  5. pocket piano
  6. dominique
  7. let them have the internet
  8. tony
  9. do whatever you want, all the time.
  10. close (feat. Helado Negro)
  11. they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.
  12. el cielo no es de nadie
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Added on: August 26, 2020