Fatima Al Qadiri - Brute
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #620 / 760
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2016 Ratings: #487
March 4, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit
It all feels scary, angry, industrial and downright surreal.
80
Clash
There can be no doubt that with ‘Brute’, Al Qadiri has invoked her own personal brand of protest in a world in which discussion over that right has become ever more charged.
75
Consequence of Sound

Bloodied protestors, deleted emails, and corrupt media are all plot points in this self-fulfilling screenplay. Fatima Al Qadiri’s Brute is its forlorn score.

73
Pitchfork

Overall Brute is a frustrating mish-mosh of middling and artful. When it’s working, there is a certain panache in the high-powered, informationally dense musical speedballs she creates.

70
AllMusic
At its most vivid, it evokes the feeling of anticipating a shove or a bean bag round.
60
NOW Magazine

Al Qadiri’s music typically unpacks concepts related to genre and history, and in a way Brute does, too – it is protest music.

50
Resident Advisor

Brute's most interesting flourishes are all surface-level. Take them away and you're left with Al Qadiri reusing the same musical ideas. It's clear from her interviews and previous projects that she aims to be a critical force in dance music, but Brute feels too shallow for what's behind it.

40
The Guardian

Fairlight vocals and ultra-synthetic drums were fresh when James Ferraro essayed them on 2011’s landmark Far Side Virtual, but now, in the wake of Oneohtrix Point Never, Visionist and others, they are quickly becoming electronic underground cliche.

uralberk
60
She has a pleasing sound scale. The problem is, minimal grime melodies really doesn't go well with her spreading-type of background design and when they are not there, it is mostly yawning. Some better polyphony for main melodies and some better song structure would've really helped Brute.
noonoo97
70
Great album cover
JoaoSantos
NR
I love this album cover tho.
JulianGomez974
74
The main concept of Brute is protest, there's no doubt of that. The 11 tracks load heavy and knock out sounds, you can experience the face of the uncomfortity, the lungs that are about to explode of rage for all the corruption and war, BUT that's the problem, they never really explode. Fatima Al Qadiri production remains almost intact between her last record and Brute, it's deep but this time it kinda holds back a little bit, which is a shame especially for the subject matter of the album. ... read more
IndieSpace
74
Puede ser cierto que “Brute” es el álbum más conceptual, de Fatima Al Qadiri y que la producción detrás de él, permanece prácticamente igual al la de “Asiatisch” y “Desert Strike”, como la percusión sometida y sintetizadores inquietantes que llegan a ocupar un lugar importante en el registro una vez más. Sin embargo, no puede haber ninguna duda de que con “Brute”, Al Qadiri ha invocado su ... read more
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