AOTY 2019

Age of Transparency

Autre Ne Veut - Age of Transparency
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #183 / 772
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2015 Ratings: #403
October 2, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Downtown / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Age of Transparency feels less like the collection of singles Anxiety was and more like the cohesive, momentous artistic statement his best work always suggested he's capable of.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Age of Transparency is heady and dizzying, even more unpleasant than Anxiety at times, but it’s keyed in to the zeitgeist in a way that feels genuine, constructive even.

90
PopMatters

Age of Transparency is as emotionally compelling and musically creative a work as has been released this year.

80
The Skinny

Rather than employing variety for variety’s sake, the album has a closed-eyes naturalism to it that must, surely, come from an artist channelling something real.

80
AllMusic
As an artistic statement about warmth vs. transparency, Ashin has hit his mark with an album that is as beautiful as it is uncomfortable.
80
Paste

While the electronica can occasionally become an abrasive racket on parts of Age of Transparency, Ashin’s singing serves as a reminder of human melody and soul.

75
Consequence of Sound

Age of Transparency is that rare record that manages astonishing density without ever feeling crowded.

70
Spin

That’s why the new Age of Transparency is his best album yet, because he makes good on a full-length’s worth of the aural dares of the epic “Play by Play”.

66
Resident Advisor

Anxiety dressed up Ashin's neuroses in glossy textures, while Age Of Transparency lets them writhe all over the floor. Like his live show, it's thrilling, confusing and uncomfortable in equal measure.

65
The Line of Best Fit

However much we may applaud the intent and delivery of the themes, there aren’t many of us who are able to use that as a platform to actually enjoy the music for what it is.

60
DIY
Some tracks are far from an easy listen, but it was never meant to be. Ashin is using music as a vessel of expression, and in that sense he’s achieved his goal.
60
Pitchfork

His lyrics remain simple and poignant, but some of what surprised us on Anxiety has lost its newness here. The sudden moments of rapture–the ones that that pushed through layers of electronic ambience–remain, but are less frequent and more predictable.

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Track List

  1. On and On (Reprise)
  2. Panic Room
  3. Cold Winds
  4. Age of Transparency
  5. Switch Hitter
  6. Never Wanted
  7. Word War Pt2
  8. Over Now
  9. Get Out
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