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The Narcissist II

Dean Blunt - The Narcissist II
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
Liked by 2 people
February 19, 2012 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Paste

The more charming pockets found within The Narcissist II’s peculiar symmetry are worth waiting for, so long as you’re willing to suspend your disbelief long enough to ingest the entire record.

80
FACT Magazine

The Narcissist II is so compelling because it is conceptually so much more rigorous and consistent, so much richer with internal resonances than its duo-created cousins. 

75
The 405

The emotive, frank lyrical style accesses vulnerable areas of your psyche, making you give more sweat and spittle to try and grasp the lesson he's learned.

54
Pitchfork

The Narcissist II is compelling but ultimately shallow, and shallow is a fault, even if that's what Blunt was aiming for.

zeltyy
64
Dean Blunt's 'The Narcissist II' was an extremely compelling listen at the beginning, but the lack of any musical and sonic layering really made this mixtape difficult to pull through. Due to this, it wasn't memorable at all after a first listen. However, the project's progression followed a really unorthodox format, using all sorts of samples and repetition to create the meat of the album, and then switching them up after a period of time using these seamless transitions. To me this seems ... read more
lachlantula
79
An invigorating mess of an album that lacks in overall thematic cohesion, but the sounds that are present tend to be pretty awe-inspiring. Definitely one for Cities Aviv and Standing on the Corner fans.
81
Dean Blunt's first notable project consists of these melodramatic sound collage tracks that contain traces of pop, soul, and even hip hop. Everything on here sounds pretty amateurish in a way that's similar to the lo-fi era of James Ferraro, but that really just adds to the emotional impact that these songs give. Truly one of the more affecting experiments of the year.

Favourite tracks: Caught Feelings, Galice, The Narcissist
paralirava
32
Cringy horror movie lines as a mood set
Nice synths and every other instrument, hueheh
And i like the atmosphere of tape recording
Disharmony makes this album unlistenable for me
Beautiful melodies and singing with a horrible execution
87
i love this
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Added on: October 8, 2012