Fast Idol

Black Marble - Fast Idol
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2021 Ratings: #389 / 699
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2021 Ratings: #435
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spill Magazine

Black Marble has grown sonically on their new album. Whereas in the past, listeners came to expect lo-fi bedroom Synth Pop hits, Fast Idol is changing those expectations, one smash hit at a time.

80
The Line of Best Fit

On Fast Idol, Stewart once again offers a perfectly poignant distillation of danceable, downbeat synth music.

70
Loud and Quiet

On paper, Fast Idol, the fourth Black Marble album and the second to be released on the reliably excellent Sacred Bones, doesn’t do a great deal that Stewart’s previous records haven’t done already. But it’s saved by the sheer quality of the writing.

70
Clash

You can’t help but revel in the soundscapes which paint the album’s tracklist with depth and varying textures. This is philosophical synth pop – that you can still dance to.

70
PopMatters

Black Marble rolls forward growing bigger and brighter in positive ways on the new album Fast Idol, which shows fresh approaches to synthpop.

68
Pitchfork
Chris Stewart continues his decade-long quest to rewrite ’80s synth-pop on his latest record, an enjoyable homage that struggles to reach the heights of its influences.
thesauceseattle
66

Straight out of 2010

allonlevin72
75

The minimalistic bleeps and bloops on this 80s synth nostalgia trip isn't my usual go-to, but I am a fan of the cast-down mood it sets.

peachyibby
90

quintessential 80s cold/dark wave; I’m into it

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Added on: July 27, 2021