Rare, Forever

Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #54 / 411
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2021 Ratings: #263
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Vynehall’s potential has always been apparent, but Rare, Forever is a truly beguiling record – equal parts poignant and hedonistic – which allows his vast array of talents to shine.

90
PopMatters

Rare, Forever synthesizes Leon Vynehall's musical instincts into one unique vision. Both beguiling abstract and instantly gratifying it's as dizzyingly immersive as Nothing Is Still.

80
Uncut
Layered with cryptic clues, poetic quotes and fragmentary vocal loops, this lush electronic jazz odyssey is an unorthodox curio but consistently rewarding.
80
Mojo

Rare, Forever’s prevailing mood is sensuous and luxurious.

80
Loud and Quiet
Despite the pervasive delirium, Vynehall still finds apertures where he can anchor his sound around glistening arrangements.
80
Clash
‘Rare, Forever’ adds to his intoxicating discography, unlimited in scope and undoubtedly Vynehall’s most ambitious yet, resulting in one of the year’s most fascinating records.
80
AllMusic

Even at its most experimental, Vynehall's music radiates with energy and spirit, and Rare, Forever brims with a different type of excitement than his past work.

80
NME
The British producer's splendid second album cements his place as one of our boldest and most fearless creatives.
80
The Observer
The DJ-producer’s introspective, genre-defying second album rewards engaged listening.
78
Pitchfork
Setting aside his penchant for elaborate concept records, the UK producer zeroes in on what makes his productions so singular, balancing immaculate sound design with compelling club rhythms.
70
Exclaim!

Rare, Forever allows Vynehall the space to experiment and explore music beyond his DJ roots. His plunge into the more abstract and conceptual is a bold choice, and one that pays off.

MarkyC
90
A record with rich textural depth, it combines modern techno and house with Vynehall's more abstract, classical style. It's unpredictable with various cathartic and immersive moods that build around the euphoric highlights "Mothra", "Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been" and "An Exhale". The more sombre, orchestral final tracks make for a fitting come-down to the overall transportive and fascinating experience.
Kelden
60
Consists of some interesting ideas, but falls flat after regurgitating common formulas.
Astroskye
80
Leon Vynehall Rare, Forever is a RARE GEM indeed I'm really impressed as how many electronic artistes/producers are making dance/house music experimental. This record feels nostalgic and futuristic at the same time thanky to the Hyperpop genre that may have influenced this album, this songs/beats have Depth & quality a very Celestial tech house Album
avernannes
80
★★★★★★★★☆☆
8/10

This might be the best techno-oriented album I've ever heard.

Leon Vynehall's ability to fuse genres is fantastic, on "Rare, Forever" he combines sounds of so many electronic styles, going even further and enriching them with ambient-like strings passages. Those strings open the record in a super atmospheric "Ecce! Ego!", that quickly takes an interesting turn, becoming this weird, dark, crawling piece, that sounds like pumped-up stuff ... read more
TheCarioca
68
Ecce! Ego! - 4/5
In>Pin - 3/5
Mothra - 3/5
Alichea Vella Amor - 4/5
Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been - 3/5
Worm (& Closer & Closer) - 3/5
An Exhale - 4/5
Dumbo - 4/5
Farewell! Magnus Gabbro - 3/5
All I See Is You, Velvet Brown - 3/5
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Added on: February 10, 2021