The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2013 Ratings: #407 / 953
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2013 Ratings: #213
April 2, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH

In The North Borders, Green has cultivated rich, perfectly formed textures, but not only that, he’s injected feeling into its roots.

80
AllMusic

His discography hasn’t offered up a rainy day soundtrack so fitting until this one, so hope the weatherman has bad news and plan on staying in.

80
The 405

On the whole, The North Borders works so well as an album that its 58 minutes fly by - even though Green never opts for anything that goes beyond his mid-tempo comfort zone. 

70
Drowned in Sound

 The North Borders is as ambitious a record as its predecessor, and it’s just as successful. 

70
Consequence of Sound

The North Borders now finds Green secure enough in his craft to command the talents of his guest vocalists and create emotional harmonics.

70
FACT Magazine

Whilst The North Borders is hardly a stylistic leap of faith into the unknown there’s definitely a more confident and varied use of textures and instrumentation than on Black Sands, and it marks a new, very much worthwhile chapter in Bonobo’s continuing story.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

The North Borders easily goes beyond redeeming itself as an album consistent and chill, but it’s also unobtrusive and endearing, for occasionally it falls short of the immediacy apparent on its standout tracks.

60
PopMatters

Green’s intricate arrangements—melodic but never quite melodies—cue ears to listen closely, but rewards are scant; as evasive as they can be, these tracks aren’t for chinstrokers. 

60
Pitchfork

The North Borders is not a bad album-- for the most, it’s as inoffensive as those decade-old chill-out compilations-- yet a frustration persists because Bonobo is better than this.

BuffaloStaple
76
imagine tycho with more drums
tha138
70
Nicely chilled bits and rhythms in a sensual way.
100
Just amazing.
tishinf1sh
100
безусловно, альбом года в своём жанре
FinalLifeline
74
Bonobo makes music for rainy afternoons, that's for certain. Therefore, The North Borders is a great album for a rainy afternoon. It isn't especially groundbreaking or innovative, but it is solid, likable, and extremely pretty. If triphop/ambient/chillwave is your cup of tea, take a sip of this one. You won't regret it.
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Track List

  1. First Fires (feat. Grey Reverend)
  2. Emkay
  3. Cirrus
  4. Heaven For The Sinner (feat. Erykah Badu)
  5. Sapphire
  6. Jets
  7. Towers (feat. Szjerdene)
  8. Don't Wait 
  9. Know You 
  10. Antenna
  11. Ten Tigers
  12. Transits (feat. Szjerdene)
  13. Pieces (feat. Cornelia)
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