some kind of peace

Ólafur Arnalds - some kind of peace
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #18 / 752
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2020 Ratings: #69
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Sydney Morning Herald

Arnalds’ latest offering once again evokes the ocean, except that, where once we teetered on cliffs looking down at it, Some Kind of Peace sees us now enveloped by its quiet depths.

90
The Line of Best Fit

On Some Kind Of Peace, Arnalds has once again crafted an genre-defining album that serves as a much needed moment of reflection.

90
Clash

A late year treasure that shouldn't be overlooked, it is as timely as it is timeless, and as needed now as any musical work of the last year or so.

80
Mojo

Succeeding 2018's gimmicky algorithmic re:member, Some Kind Of Peace gives shape to lockdown with simpatico collaborators: Brighton's Bonobo on fuzzy opener Loom and the Bjork-delicate vocal of JFDR aka Jofridur Akadottir, icing a patted drumbeat and digital finger clicks on Back To The Sky.

70
AllMusic

Even with the occasional programmed drums, some kind of peace is a consistently tranquil set, with enough shape and variety to the tracks to stave off ambient or easy listening claims.

SMTCubes
85
2020 has been the most chaotic, unpredictable, and uncomfortable year of our lives for many- a chaotic election (if you live in the US), a global pandemic, and a somewhat restrictive quarantine have left us questioning if we’ll ever feel peace any time in the near future. It’s upended our daily routines, our way of living, and what we take for granted in life. Everything is in turmoil. And that is the world that Ólafur Arnalds’ “some kind of peace” makes its ... read more
MRusso98
80
Incredible piece of work, this is a perfect timing for a release like "some kind of peace", which reflects clearly the mood set in the entire LP. I can't wait to put this album to fall asleep.

FAVORITE TRACK: New Grass
Jamobo
65
A contemporary to the likes of Nils Frahm, Max Richter and Eluvium, who combine Modern Classical compositions with Electronic flourishes and atmospheres akin to Ambient music, Ólafur Arnalds hasn't quite seen the same level of attention. He is probably most well known for composing the Soundtrack to the 3 seasons of Broadchurch, a critically acclaimed Crime Drama starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman.

While his Post-Rock leaning debut Eulogy for Evolution did garner some praise in ... read more
nicoperagine
70
Ideally cramped and instrumentally blissful, Ólafur Arnalds creates a contemporary modern classical record with minor highlights.

This was on my radar only because I enjoyed his track with RY X from earlier this year and though he is talented in his field, this is slightly boring. I will not suggest this isn't good, it is definitely very pretty and composed tremendously, just instrumentally small. Often times a track can include instrumentals that are seeming of a singular instrument ... read more
Doofy
NR
If this is the best album released this Friday then that really takes some kind of the peace, NR
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Track List

  1. Loom ft. Bonobo
  2. Woven Song
  3. Spiral
  4. Still / Sound
  5. Back To The Sky ft. JDFR
  6. Zero
  7. New Grass
  8. The Bottom Line ft. Josin
  9. We Contain Multitudes
  10. Undone
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Added on: September 25, 2020