Com Truise - Iteration
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #462 / 668
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2017 Ratings: #385
June 16, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ghostly / Label
Synthwave / Genres / Website
Your Review


Drenched in technicolour nostalgia, ‘Iteration‘ — the long-awaited sophomore Com Truise LP — represents a stellar conclusion to the titular character’s galactic travels six years after their inception.
The Skinny

Nostalgic, dramatic and not exactly short on synth, Iteration is the kind of album necessary to help us battle through the rest of 2017.


With Iteration, Haley has retained all of the qualities that made Com Truise so appealing while blowing everything up into a higher resolution than before. If this is truly the end of the Com Truise saga, then it's the project's definitive release.


Though Haley's music still acts as a neon conduit to the '80s synth-wave scene, Iteration is chockfull of well-arranged and well-sequenced numbers.

A.V. Club

Mostly, Iteration offers only a minor darkening of Haley’s familiar neon-lit moods. It’s a great sound and one always worth returning to, but you’re left wondering how long Haley can keep it up.

The Line of Best Fit

Although Iteration is billed as an emotionally engaging album, finding the true feeling among towers of 80s pop synths and sequencers feels difficult at times. But never mind that - the production is perfection.


It may be purely synthetic, but Iteration is an honest, oddly humanistic new release from an artist with a glorious keyboard arsenal who knows how to use it.

This time, Haley works around his limitations just enough to stave off one-trick irrelevance. Good on him, as it’s only a matter of time before ’80s retrofuturism becomes a thing of the distant past.
The 405

The best thing you can do is let Iteration’s rain-soaked neon lights wash over and see what you feel.

Loud and Quiet
What ‘Iteration’ does, it does really quite well, but it also feels very much like a piece of background music; something which exists outside of your full consciousness.
Under The Radar

Only occasionally on a track like "Ternary" does Haley manage to land deeper cuts with a drifting, introspective piece that winds down and starts up again, hinting at dancefloor potential before stepping back at the last moment. It works; there's just not enough of it elsewhere on Iteration.

Jun 18, 2017
Solid album overall. What Com Truise does he does quite well in my eyes. So if you like lightly trippy retro synth jams with big, booming downtempo beats, you'll find a lot to like here--I actually think it's the best Com Truise release I've heard end to end. But, like all of his stuff, it gets old kind of quickly in my opinion and is pretty formulaic. I definitely do appreciate the atmosphere his music creates, though.

Favorite tracks: Iteration, Memory, Isostasy
Jul 29, 2017
This album does blend together though so some songs sound the same. But it's not bad.
Jul 26, 2017
There are some incredible moments on this album. Those are the things that make me want to revisit the album. As a whole it is slightly repetitive, but this is COM TRUISE. You got what you came for.
Jul 2, 2017
Jun 20, 2017
not even really music.
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Added on: April 25, 2017