The Range - Potential
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #64 / 947
User Score
Based on 164 ratings
2016 Ratings: #223
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Consequence of Sound

Potential not only makes a shockingly strong case for the top tier of contemporary sample-indebted achievements (alongside pillars including Burial’s Rival Dealer EP and Jamie xx’s In Colour), but does so while insisting that the universe, much like ourselves, will never be explored in its entirety.

Pretty Much Amazing

Potential is a unique and immersive album, and one that sends a powerful message to Hinton’s fellow producers. Samples are more than just clips to be manipulated with a keyboard; they are people and stories that play a huge role in shaping the course of an album.

This is music designed for uplift, with carefully plotted builds yielding to big choruses, and it taps into electronic music's sense of possibility not by pushing things further, but by simplifying and paring back.
It’s a creative, deeply introspective record that makes up for in depth what it doesn’t quite reach in soaring heights.
Loud and Quiet
It’s The Range’s best work yet, dancing synths, spectacular drops and immaculately crisp loops. Without the story it’d stand up as a beautiful piece of work, but add that in and it’s the most human electronic record released for ages.
The Line of Best Fit

Whilst a vast majority of the rhetoric surrounding Potential focuses on Hinton’s voyage through the depths of YouTube, it must be stated that there are gorgeous moments of arrangement and instrumentation to be found.


Whether you're aware of the conceptual backstory behind Potential or come into the project blind, Hinton makes the album just as conceptually moody as it is conceptually aural.


That sense of newfound freedom and exaltation surges through Potential, a rich matrix of the Range’s knack for digging up strangers’ stories and assimilating breakbeat, grime, U.K. garage, and late ’90s R&B.

Drowned in Sound

Although Potential has much more of a clear purpose behind it than Nonfiction, it doesn’t necessarily feel like a totally different album. Both are laden with sounds and textures that - if put in the wrong hands - could easily result in a confusing mess of a record.


Potential is as great an album as it is a story, and the songs allow you to sink into them while simultaneously offering a chance to think about one’s dreams and actually putting in the effort to chase them.

Resident Advisor

Potential is largely a wonderful collection of uplifting and humbling electronic pop.


In some ways, Potential seems like a 2010s update of Moby's Play, with the Alan Lomax-recorded blues and gospel samples replaced by early 21st century youth expressing themselves musically and attempting to live out their dreams.

Tasteful and playful homage to old school EDM. Shows restrain when necessary, allowing introspection.
The production and vibe of this is just ethereal and surreal. I really love how the instrumentals bring so much emotion and power, it doesn't necessarily has to be happy to make you feel alive. HOWEVER, those freakin' vocals... they bring down SO MUCH the tracks building. At some points it can be impressive, but overall it tends to be annoying and unnecessary. I still like how much this sounds like an anime OST, it takes you to another whole galaxy.

Fav tracks: Regular, Five Four, No Loss, ... read more
This is sample-heavy electronic music. But its intricacies in the music make it build up into a sometimes powerful feeling. Overall it is an album that can surprise and uplift, although it has some hurdles.
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Added on: February 6, 2016