Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #117 / 953
Year End Rank: #35
User Score
Based on 238 ratings
2013 Ratings: #75
February 26, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Arthur Ashin of Autre Ne Veut might be working with familiar musical concepts, but he employs them in ways that are, to my ears, contemporarily relevant and indispensable to the discussion over the trajectory of popular music.

90
PopMatters

The veritable smorgasbord that forms this album is made up of a great many influences, but when all of them are put together, the result is a musical statement that’s innovative on every imaginable level. 

88
Beats Per Minute

Anxiety matches the emotional heights and immediacy of the music Ashin was inspired by, but what arrives from his limitations–as a singer, as a DIY-ist–adds to the record a personal foundation and raw authenticity no amount of budget could erect.

87
Paste

Anxiety stilettos gut-wrenched entrenched psycho-sexual seductive destructive obsessive push and pull over accreting and ascendant deep soul jams

85
Pitchfork

His glass-shattering falsetto runs and chesty bleats transform Anxiety from a great pop record into something powerfully therapeutic, more about casting off inhibitions than actually hitting those high notes.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

No track has a clear meaning, and Anxiety truly does take on the form of a Rorschach test, becoming whatever the listener views it as.

80
Consequence of Sound

He relinquishes his inhibitions on Anxiety, an R&B diamond in the dense, desultory rough.

70
NME

Many a late-night chat will take place about whether this should be called alt.R&B, indie R&B or plain old ambient electronica, but there’s no debate about it being one of the sexiest and most luxurious albums of the year so far.

70
DIY

This is an album of climaxes and cathartic streams of consciousness, but an album listenable from start to finish.

70
musicOMH

While Ashin is clearly a major talent, he just needs to dial it down from time to time if he’s to deliver a wholly satisfying record. 

70
Spin

The very personal Anxiety is remarkably messy, dramatic, poignant, and at times, beautiful.

AmericaanSpirit
89
As powerful as pop can get. Dense with emotions and triumph, this record will make you believe in something.

BEST TRACKS: Counting, Gonna Die, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Ego Free Sex Free, Play by Play
JFulfy
79
Such an amazing start of an album, dies off a little bit, but such a huge kick-off!
tha138
70
Homemade, electro-candles that lit at everybody's will.
musicmagpie55
80
Anxiety is still as arresting as it was when it came out. The production on this album is sparkling, but what makes this album stand out for me is Arthur Ashin's wild vocal performance. There is not a wasted moment on the entire project, Ashin fills every second with something of interest. Beneath the maximalist production is densely vulnerable lyrics that help make the whole album feel vital and personal. I also appreciate the somewhat wandering melodic lines; I feel like this captures the ... read more
74
A fun and quietly ambitious album falling somewhere between electropop and alternative R&B that might be a bit too front-loaded to lend itself to repeated through-listens, but absolutely owns its cheesy excess in a completely infectious manner. Some of the vocals are ridiculously over-the-top and work all the better for it.
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Track List

  1. Play by Play
  2. Counting
  3. Promises
  4. Ego Free Sex Free
  5. A Lie
  6. Warning
  7. Gonna Die
  8. Don't Ever Look Back
  9. I Wanna Dance with Somebody
  10. World War
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Added on: February 19, 2013