Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #366 / 809
User Score
Based on 542 ratings
2020 Ratings: #289
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Equally challenging and comforting, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never just might be the album that moves listeners who appreciated, but didn't fully embrace, his previous music.

80
Mojo

His eleventh Oneohtrix Point Never album is a neat distillation of his canon.

80
Loud and Quiet

It’s a thoroughly kaleidoscopic affair that proves to be one of the most imaginative and genre-defying records this end of 2020.

80
musicOMH

At its core, it’s Lopatin distorting the mechanisms of listening to and researching sound, in order to facilitate retroactive analysis.

80
Clash

‘Magic Oneohtrix Point Never’ continues in the same vein, offering a synthesis of the more accessible aspects of his work and a few surprises along the way.

80
FLOOD Magazine

Magic Oneohtrix Point Never is untethered in many respects, but makes perfect sense as a self-titled work: surreal, unpredictable, magic.

80
Uncut

After the huge success of his score for Uncut Gems, Daniel Lopatin returns with an album of collage-like soundscapes, splicing together various forms of electronic, New Age and ambient music ... As ever, it’s as unpredictable as it is beguiling,

77
Beats Per Minute

We’ve become accustomed to hearing his production in Hollywood movies and chart-topping albums, so perhaps it’s now more difficult for him to produce moments that truly astonish. That being said, the album still comprises some truly enchanting touches that could only have come from him, and often they appear when working around a vocalist.

77
Pitchfork

Daniel Lopatin’s latest doesn't swerve in a new direction but instead serves as an overlook for his career, highlighting his skill at splicing the old and the new in continually fascinating ways.

75
Consequence of Sound

There’s a powerful cohesion to the collection that makes it feel greater than the sum of its parts, with several standout fusions of singing and instrumentation/production as only Lopatin could yield.

60
The Needle Drop

As an overview of Daniel Lopatin's musical exploits, Magic OPN isn't quite as spectacular as it could have been.

50
Exclaim!

MOPN would have landed much better if it abandoned the balancing act between the past and the present in exchange for wholehearted embrace of Lopatin's current realities.

Plats
86
Recorded throughout the pandemic and boasting a radio show concept, Daniel Lopatin has crafted what I believe to be one of his most refreshing, indulgent and oddly accessible albums in his catalog. "Magic Oneohtrix Point Never" is an album that I've always wanted "Age Of" to become while simultaneously being as strange, beautiful and engaging as his other works. While I wouldn't say it's essential OPN material just from these first couple of listens, "Replica" and ... read more
Chode
72
Oneohtrix Point Never have just released what is one of the most magical and oddly nostalgic albums to come out this year. This record is really weird yet really beautiful at the same time. The odd autotune on the vocals are incredibly reminiscent of Bon Iver, yet the beauty and emotion of them pours through despite how despondent they usually appear to be. As a whole, the mood of the record is super gloomy and downhearted, and yet it relishes in these feelings and creates a beautiful ... read more
SMTCubes
86
Daniel Lopatin’s stage name, Oneohtrix Point Never, is based on a mishearing of the name of an adult-contemporary radio station from the Boston area, Magic 106.7, and this album, “Magic Oneohtrix Point Never”, pays tribute to radio and vintage music while simultaneously being a boundary-pushing, immaculately produced avant-garde interpretation of ambient and progressive electronic. As the album opens with the first of 4 “Cross Talk” interludes, a wonderfully ... read more
EnigmaticSnob
80
Pros: An incredibly trance-like listening experience, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never is a fluid and seamless psychedelic electronica record that's blistered with noise infused glitches in the backdrop of heavenly and ethereal soundscapes that's a classic trademark of OPN; the way the tracks and the album as a whole flow is similar to a radio FM station in the way it feels eminently nostalgic and hypnotically inducing you to the past as if you've experienced it yourself but often feels like a ... read more
Scre4meh
75
The beginning of 'The Whether Channel' sounds like a Skype call ringtone. Once you hear,you can't...umm, unhear it.

This is my first experience with a full electronic album so bare with me and my shitty critique. 'Magic Oneohtrix Point Never' is the 4th studio album from the artist with the same name (minus the magic,he ain't that magical,the album is) and a pretty cool experience to go through. I've heard Oneohtrix (a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin) on a bunch of albums from this year (After ... read more
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Track List

  1. Cross Talk I
  2. Auto & Allo
  3. Long Road Home
  4. Cross Talk II
  5. I Don't Love Me Anymore
  6. Bow Ecco
  7. The Whether Channel
  8. No Nightmares
  9. Cross Talk III
  10. Tales From the Trash Stratum
  11. Answering Machine
  12. Imago
  13. Cross Talk IV / Radio Lonelys
  14. Lost But Never Alone
  15. Shifting
  16. Wave Idea
  17. Nothing's Special
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Added on: September 24, 2020