Island Of Noise

Modern Nature - Island Of Noise
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2022 Ratings: #175 / 330
User Score
Based on 107 ratings
2022 Ratings: #222
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut

The warm homeliness drifts into untethered territory — songs like “Performance” and “Masque” are driven, yet there’s turbulence deep within. 

85
Under The Radar

Starting from an elevated place, not yet three years ago, Cooper’s Modern Nature hits its career to date peak on the masterful Island of Noise.

80
The Guardian

Jack Cooper swerves the cliches with this transporting, melodic album, adding free jazz to a treasure trove of ideas.

80
Record Collector

Somewhere between Mark Hollis’ soundtrack solo album, David Sylvian’s Manafon and early 90s Bristol lo-fi, here is a gently devastating and quietly important album.

78
Pitchfork

Jack Cooper’s vision as a songwriter and bandleader comes into focus on the most cohesive album of his career: a fantasyland hybrid of elegant folk-rock and understated free-jazz.

70
AllMusic

As lovingly recorded and meditative as it is, Island of Noise doesn't break much new ground for Modern Nature.

70
musicOMH

Island Of Noise is set to be a sustainable release, with some intoxicating visual art, thoughtfully sourced and sensitively delivered.

70
God Is in the TV
The only thing that stops me from truly throwing my arms around it, however, is that it’s largely one paced – gentle and mellow. So much so that it’s almost a relief when ‘Masque‘ and then ‘Brigade‘ breaks the silent stillness.
60
Mojo

Drily recorded and subtle to a fault, in places, Island Of Noise becomes so evanescent it threatens to disappear altogether.

nino21321312312
85

pretty sweet album with nice instrumantals sounds like great dream and great vocals

SonicDiscovery
79

When it comes to making music, you either ride the wave of what’s happening at the moment or set your own course and that second path is what Modern Nature take with their last release Island of Noise. At moments this sounds like a free flowing kind of singer-songwriter project (with Jack Cooper being the main focus), but equal amounts of attentions is given to a steady pace of loose percussion, avant-garde horns flowing around and eerie strings textures. It’s almost like listening ... read more

ThatGuyAgain
57

This album was really boring. That's about all I have to say. island of Noise didn't anything special, nothing god awful either. It was just boring music for around 40 minutes. That's literally all i have to say

mkelmusic
60

Good, I felt the vocals took away from the instrumentation.

SonicDiscovery
79

When it comes to making music, you either ride the wave of what’s happening at the moment or set your own course and that second path is what Modern Nature take with their last release Island of Noise. At moments this sounds like a free flowing kind of singer-songwriter project (with Jack Cooper being the main focus), but equal amounts of attentions is given to a steady pace of loose percussion, avant-garde horns flowing around and eerie strings textures. It’s almost like listening ... read more

twwalter
70

Track-by-track rating:

1. Tempest (6.4/10)
2. Dunes (6.7/10)
3. Performance (7.6/10)
4. Ariel (7.3/10)
5. Bluster (7.1/10)
6. Symmetry (6.7/10)
7. Masque (7.9/10)
8. Brigade (7.6/10)
9. Spell (6.2/10)
10. Build (6.6/10)

Average: 7.0/10

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Added on: October 24, 2021