Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2013 Ratings: #89 / 1035
Year End Rank: #26
User Score
Based on 372 ratings
2013 Ratings: #45
Liked by 11 people
October 1, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Despite the coded sound files, interactive website, and spellbinding videos, the album exists independently as a case for disjointed representations, cultural citation, and enchanting music.

100
The Skinny
A visionary artist at the height of his powers, this is in many ways his most accessible and uplifting work so far.
95
XLR8R

For all of its turbulence and dislocations, R Plus Seven is an astounding thing to behold, a perfectly imperfect and downright breathtaking masterpiece. It firmly establishes—or, more likely, reinforces—its creator’s status as a peerless artist.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

R Plus Seven delves into sound with a precision and clarity that pays tribute to the technical genius that birthed the synthesizer.

90
Consequence of Sound

The album focuses on discrete melodic moments composed from scratch, a new process for Lopatin that he melds perfectly with old strategies. Tensions rise from textural contrasts, but there’s also raw beauty in R Plus Seven‘s melodies and progressions.

90
Beats Per Minute
After fearless reinventions of sound on three consecutive releases, it’s good to know some things never change.
85
The 405

In that Lopatin avoids half measures, his fourth album is business as usual. In almost every other aspect, he breaks new ground, and does so triumphantly.

85
Prefix

R Plus Seven creates a mysterious and isolated sonic environment: one squarely positioned between the two extremes of artificial and organic sound. The elements do not seem in conflict with one another; they are drawn into one another through Lopatin’s mixer to create a cohesive concept.

84
Pitchfork

R Plus Seven doesn’t have quite the disembodied weirdness of Replica, but it’s no less accomplished, another intriguing chapter from an artist whose work remains alive with possibility. 

80
musicOMH

R Plus Seven is as singularly compelling as any of his previous releases, but in his desire to transcend glossy hyper pop and introspective electronica into something new and fascinating, Lopatin has delivered a masterful debut for his new label.

80
The Line of Best Fit

This is music with elastic boundaries, that will accommodate the interpretations that you choose to place on it, and bear them with a surprising lightness of touch.

80
AllMusic

For the most part, the album showcases Oneohtrix Point Never's restlessness and ambition in flattering ways; if it's equal parts mystifying and beautiful, it's also a puzzle well worth trying to figure out.

80
PopMatters

R Plus Seven deemphasizes Replica’s sense of walled-off claustrophobia, letting thick puddles of light filter into Lopatin’s lair of sound.

80
Spin

Nothing lingers long on Seven, but you can hear just how quickly OPN gobbles up EDM's bass frequencies, the Max-DSP moves of Fennesz, Ryuichi Sakamoto's synthetic silkiness, even the frenetic arpeggios of Glassworks and sampler chops of footwork.

80
No Ripcord

Lopatin ultimately leaves us with a marvelous instance of artistic clarity. A moment where concept and execution synchronize perfectly and allow us the unique opportunity to experience sound as a purely emotive device.

80
Exclaim!

Amidst strong, seismic chords from his trademark "woozy choir" vocals comes an emphatic, melodious organ solo that might have sounded out of place on his previous records. On R Plus Seven, it just sounds like triumph.

80
Clash
Disquieting divinity, duly delivered.
75
Spectrum Culture
Lopatin really showcases his ability to combine experimentation and the establishment of roots within the same track.
70
FACT Magazine

Strangely for an album so heavily peopled with voices (none of them identifiably Lopatin’s), R Plus Seven feels isolated and eerily post-human. Musically it may be Oneohtrix Point Never’s most accessible work yet, but the emotional pull it exerts is minimal.

70
Drowned in Sound

R Plus Seven can be confusing, jam packed with samples and contrasting elements, but it's never overbearing. At the same time it is hard to put your finger on exactly what is appealing about it.

70
Resident Advisor

Lopatin has clearly served notice that he's no longer the man behind Returnal, and it will be interesting to see where he moves from here. But this constant activity makes R Plus Seven anxious and unsettling, and often difficult to immerse yourself within.

70
Rolling Stone
It's holy music, even if wholly weird.
70
Loud and Quiet

In hiding peaceful gems amid so much sonic crossfire, Lopatin has made perhaps his most curious move yet.

60
NME

Whereas his early kosmische-styled material had a strong emotional undertow, his debut for Warp feels a little more arch.

60
The Needle Drop

Daniel Lopatin's latest full-length sees him stepping away from the extreme sampling that made 2011's Replica so thrilling. Instead, he rests on his passion for tightly sequenced synths, and there are some somewhat engaging results.

50
Under The Radar

This is the kind of record that will excite bearded experimental aficionados, who are happy to excavate the never-ending sonic crannies that punctuate this avant-garde affair. For this rest of us, these computerised structures are a difficult trip to enjoy. 

knewnie
75
dude that rectangle be fuckin STANDIN there

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this album is weird. this album is a weirdo. this album doesn't fit in, and it doesnt wanna fit in. i have 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 experience with Daniel's work, i enjoy Garden of Delete quite a bit, and that's a weird as hell album too. but i didnt really anticipate how unstructured and rambly R Plus Seven would be. the tracks on this thing dont really have structures that resemble popular songwriting, it's more of one big cohesive piece ... read more
Cyan
80
It's hard to rate this since it's so weird. But I guess an 80 is fair.
Plats
84
Daniel returns to the usual synth sounds, only this time he's applied it to a new canvas. He's applied some aspects of underground music genres like vaporwave and plunderphonics and melded them into his own twisted creation. Even if I wouldn't count "R Plus Seven' as one of his best works, it's still a unique album with tons of sonic layers and detail applied to a great majority of the tracks.

Fav Tracks: Zebra, Americans, Chrome Country, Boring Angel, Problem Areas, Inside World

Least ... read more
holsgr
80
☆☆☆☆ — solid
strawberry_AXOL
85
Finally a good ass electronic album.

I could geek out over this thing for hours but I'm going to keep it short.
Electronic music, if used at full pontetial, can convey as much emotions as singing, it isn't restricted into mainstream song-formula so the artist can do anything they want to express themself.
The swithing inside the song is calculated and a lot of the time you can find a structure considered cathcy.

Being able to use natural, human, electronic instruments and more classic ones ... read more
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Track List

  1. Boring Angel
  2. Americans
  3. He She
  4. Inside World
  5. Zebra
  6. Along
  7. Problem Areas
  8. Cryo
  9. Still Life
  10. Chrome Country
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Added on: June 19, 2013