Burial - Untrue
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2007 Ratings: #1 / 626
User Score
Based on 458 ratings
2007 Ratings: #3
November 6, 2007 / Release Date
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Hyperdub / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

The magic of Untrue, however, is that, rather than shifting pace and mood with each song, it keeps that blast of energy alive and distributes it artfully throughout its 50 minutes, bringing the beat to the front, dragging it to the back, and sometimes eliminating it completely in favor of tension-filled synth swells

100
musicOMH

Untrue is complex, stark, tender, blurred and breathtaking. Burial has managed the impossible and improved on his faultless debut.

100
AllMusic

If you can appreciate the style of dubstep employed by Burial, it's easy to fall head over heels for Untrue, an album on which there are absolutely no mainstream-crossover concessions, no ego trips, and no willful stylistic variation.

100
Resident Advisor

Untrue is therefore a new kind of folk music, for Britain and beyond. And like the British weather, it’s all about hoping to catch the moments between the grey clouds, not expecting an unending run of sun.

100
The Skinny
Found sounds that recall broken lighters, twisted rizlas and guttering match flames evoke a wasted smoker's paradise: a beautifully stoned, 4am bliss.
100
The Guardian

As addictive as its predecessor, Untrue confirms that Burial possesses not just the keen ear of a Lee Perry or Martin Hannett - the album teems with unplaceably familiar noises which might be the hot click of a lighter or the cold scrape of metal on metal - but a capacious heart.

90
Drowned in Sound
He’s never going to attract too far outside his niche, but to the right ears and in the right context this is unbeatable, unspeakably romantic, epoch defining.
90
PopMatters

Unlike Burial, whose technical obsession felt so pronounced, the blurred edges of Untrue’s songs make them feel personal.

90
Spin
All rain-slicked bass flicker, disembodied voices, and electronic drift, it's the perfect soundtrack for both a 24-hour news junkie's end-times paranoia or a 3 A.M. trudge home from a one-night stand.
90
Sputnikmusic

If taken as a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of London and its inhabitants, Untrue ends up as one of the most refreshing releases of the year.

84
Pitchfork

Untrue is an album meant to be heard at home, in the car, on headphones-- his songs feel almost like beautiful secrets being whispered to a listener.

80
Slant Magazine
Machine music this unrelentingly intimate is worth the attention it requires.
ThrowBackG
87
Man...that album cover is accurate.

Honestly, what can I say that hasn't already been said? Literally!...just read the plethora of reviews here! Whether you're a casual listener looking for something breezy and challenging or a connoisseur who wants intricate detail this is the album for you. There's never a moment where this album falters! So pour some coffee or tea and let the sounds carry you away.
(Is it just me or does "texture" as a word have a certain texture to it)

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zachthesnack
87
IT FINALLY CLICKEDDD!!!
Aoaystheory
96
Listen to this at night, preferably the wee hours.
MySoftBulletin
89
One of the most profoundly beautiful electronic albums I've ever heard, the atmosphere created in the sampling and textured production is unreal
luna128
98
unreal.
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Track List

  1. Untitled
  2. Archangel
  3. Near Dark 
  4. Ghost Hardware 
  5. Endorphin
  6. Etched Headplate
  7. In McDonalds 
  8. Untrue 
  9. Shell of Light 
  10. Dog Shelter 
  11. Homeless 
  12. U.K.
  13. Raver

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