Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #134 / 772
Year End Rank: #14
User Score
Based on 323 ratings
2015 Ratings: #38
November 13, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound
It’s OPN’s most emotional work to date and also his most ridiculous. Its tragedy is bound up with its humor; its sublimity comes from the places where it feels the most broken.
90
Tiny Mix Tapes

If anything, Garden of Delete showcases how fragile the genre, the signifier, the “culture” is in 2015.

90
The 405
The result is a mesmerizing and constantly rewarding masterpiece that may be the magnum opus of one of our generations most creative and forward-thinking musicians.
90
Exclaim!

A sound collage like no other, Garden of Delete finds Lopatin engaging listeners with an album that almost defies description.

87
Pitchfork
None of this would matter if the music weren't absolutely gripping—strange, moving, hilarious, sometimes pushing the limits of good taste, but always in a way that makes you want to hear more.
85
The Line of Best Fit
It isn’t so much an album as a junk shop: that proverbial collection of oddities whose perceived value reflects more about the patron than it does the owner who placed them there, whatever his motivation.
80
The Skinny

If 2013's R Plus Seven was a landscape of delicate synthwork and angelic choral sounds glossing over a murky atmosphere, then Garden of Delete flips the script in this seemingly aggressive record; muscular in tone, schizophrenic in delivery, all the while possessing a maniacal grin on its face.

80
Loud and Quiet
‘Garden of Delete’ is a terrific example of a meaty, complex electronic album that employs just enough stylistic quirks to remind you that it’s made by man rather than machine.
80
Under The Radar
It is a complex beast of shade and mood, and it's Lopatin's best work yet.
80
Spin
In making a record about growing up, Lopatin’s come out on the other side in one mutated piece.
80
AllMusic

The way he transforms different sounds and eras into something nostalgic yet new has always been one of his greatest strengths. He goes one better on Garden of Delete, imbuing these songs with powerful, wide-ranging emotions.

80
Clash
'Garden Of Delete' once again takes fragments of unfashionable genres – in this case EDM and metal - and re-fashions them to his own abstracted, contrarian and evocative ends. If you ever wondered what a Skrillex/Aphex Twin collaboration might sound like, then wonder no more...
80
Rolling Stone

Lopatin's skill at piecing together unlikely sounds for striking emotional effect is clearest of all on "Lift," a bewitching highlight whose two drum-beat melody lines gallop in different directions, at two distinct speeds, as if two minds are overlapping.

80
NOW Magazine

It almost approaches the garish day-glo excess of contemporary EDM, but the drop never comes, leaving you with an unresolved feeling that's both frustrating and oddly appropriate.

80
The Needle Drop

Oneohtrix Point Never returns with a mind-bending set of tracks on Garden of Delete.

78
Resident Advisor
That OPN can still sound wholly original while engaging with the mainstream—and in his own fucked up, tongue-in-cheek way—reiterates the strength of vision that brought him to this point.
70
PopMatters

Lopatin still manages to stand out from the pack. Garden of Delete is another adventure watching your own sense of subjectivity drown in a pool of confusion.

70
musicOMH

For all its challenges and provocations, Garden Of Delete may actually be more inclusive and open than it first appears.

60
No Ripcord

Despite the repeatedly creepy nature of his recent efforts, G.o.D is, to a degree, its more sinister in tone, more maddeningly madcap than his usual pursuits.

60
DIY
He may not be in our world completely yet but you should keep making the trip to his: it really is a trip.
60
The Guardian

Lopatin is never quite able to stand still and enjoy some of the sounds he creates. This remains a project for only a very particular kind of pop picker.

MinatoArisato
60
An alright electronic record which is pretty experimental and of the wall but still feels tame and somehow a bit bland. This album definitely had enjoyable moments but I don't see this as something I would particularly return to.

Best Track: Lift
Worst Track: Intro
amygoodall
91
does anyone ever bring up how cool this fucking album art is?
Doofy
96
Lopatin spent a while listening to predominantly rock music before hiring a windowless studio to record this album and the results sound a little like unleashing a horde of nanobots at a Nine Inch Nails concert.

The songs are conventional by his standards with vocal melodies to the fore but everything here is smothered in a robotic soup that adds a layer of mind bending abstraction.

A genius work of madcap mischief.
AndrewK
85
A frankenstein of an album. A mutant malformed beast of a record. It has everything, but distorted and unrecognizable. Cosmic horror, but also cosmic glory.
Just listen to it.
BuffaloStaple
85
A really haunting, memorable, unpredictable and jarring effort from OPN. Incredibly meticulously crafted and really entertaining at the same time imo, thought it was excellent.
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Ezra
  3. ECCOJAMC1
  4. Sticky Drama
  5. SDFK
  6. Mutant Standard
  7. Child of Rage
  8. Animals
  9. I Bite Through It
  10. Freaky Eyes
  11. Lift
  12. No Good
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