Nootropics

Lower Dens - Nootropics
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ratings: #88 / 945
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2012 Ratings: #78
May 1, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Paste

Nootropics ... connects layered loops and trippy chants with catchy rock ’n’ roll arrangements, delivering a pure punch of sonic bliss.

82
Pitchfork

This is one of those albums that creates its own little sound world, and a lot of its appeal has to do with qualities like texture and atmosphere. 

80
Consequence of Sound

Despite the inescapable eeriness and portentous nature of the album, Nootropics is not a completely bleak affair.

80
musicOMH

If you’re willing to put the effort in, then you will be rewarded with an achingly beautiful and immersive album.

80
The 405

This is an album that will reward repeated listens and unravelling and should be welcomed for its ambition.

80
Under The Radar

The end result is an intriguing, ambitious set of songs that reward those who opt for full immersion, rather than cherry-picking tracks, with each listen.

75
A.V. Club

As a breathtaking study in grayscale minimalism, Nootropics is exquisite. But it dissipates the instant it touches air.  

75
Beats Per Minute

Murkiness reigns supreme for the most part, casting its shadow over the majority of the material here, making the instruments sound tense, if not worried.

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s undoubtedly complex, awkward and occasionally without direction, but it also produces moments of astonishing splendour, each with the capacity to bring neck hairs bristling to attention.

MarkCooper
63
Favorite Track: Nova Anthem
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Track List

  1. Alphabet Song 
  2. Brains 
  3. Stem 
  4. Propagation 
  5. Lamb 
  6. Candy 
  7. Lion in Winter Pt. 1 
  8. Lion in Winter Pt. 2 
  9. Nova Anthem 
  10. In the End is the Beginning
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