The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #360 / 1080
User Score
Based on 132 ratings
2013 Ratings: #177
Liked by 3 people
April 2, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
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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.

TheCarioca
80

First Fires (feat. Grey Reverend) - 5/5 ❤
Emkay - 4/5
Cirrus - 5/5 ❤
Heaven For The Sinner (feat. Erykah Badu) - 3/5
Sapphire - 4/5
Jets - 4/5
Towers (feat. Szjerdene) - 3/5
Don't Wait - 3/5
Know You - 3/5
Antenna - 3/5
Ten Tigers - 5/5 ❤
Transits (feat. Szjerdene) - 5/5 ❤
Pieces (feat. Cornelia) - 5/5 ❤

Z.Younk
80

More Bonobo x Badu please!

KingIsCole10
81

The North Borders is a really strong album from Bonobo. I don't find it to be as rich or wondrous as Black Sands but the album is still really atmospheric and pleasant to listen to. This one feels a little more dance orientated than Black Sands which I'm totally cool with. I'm like most of the tracks here though there are some I will skip. Favorite tracks are Cirrus, Jets and Antenna.

TheCarioca
80

First Fires (feat. Grey Reverend) - 5/5 ❤
Emkay - 4/5
Cirrus - 5/5 ❤
Heaven For The Sinner (feat. Erykah Badu) - 3/5
Sapphire - 4/5
Jets - 4/5
Towers (feat. Szjerdene) - 3/5
Don't Wait - 3/5
Know You - 3/5
Antenna - 3/5
Ten Tigers - 5/5 ❤
Transits (feat. Szjerdene) - 5/5 ❤
Pieces (feat. Cornelia) - 5/5 ❤

KingIsCole10
81

The North Borders is a really strong album from Bonobo. I don't find it to be as rich or wondrous as Black Sands but the album is still really atmospheric and pleasant to listen to. This one feels a little more dance orientated than Black Sands which I'm totally cool with. I'm like most of the tracks here though there are some I will skip. Favorite tracks are Cirrus, Jets and Antenna.

Z.Younk
80

More Bonobo x Badu please!

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Added on: March 26, 2013