Haiku From Zero

Cut Copy - Haiku From Zero
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #631 / 721
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2017 Ratings: #498
September 22, 2017 / Release Date
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Astralwerks / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV
Nine tracks, none of the usual instrumental interludes, no filler. It’s all bloody marvellous.
80
Exclaim!

Haiku From Zero is another strong effort by a band that continue to celebrate the power of dance music.

70
Slant Magazine

Pervasive throughout is the sense that yearning for the unobtainable is its own reward, and the band successfully imbues Haiku from Zero with the notion that both pleasure and pain remind us that we’re alive.

70
AllMusic

Haiku from Zero may be Cut Copy's most Cut Copy album yet, full of hooky songs and breathlessly danceable songs. The only thing it is missing is inspiration or invention, which also means it is their least successful record yet as well.

70
The Line of Best Fit

There’s a laid-back feel to Haiku From Zero of a band that are comfortable in their sounds and their skins, making great dance music for the festival crowd.

66
Sputnikmusic

Haiku From Zero feels too easy, a pleasant enough groove to get locked into and then flip over as the party ebbs or flows.

63
Pitchfork
Aside from these updated lyrical concerns, the band’s archive-mining M.O. often feels too literal, too easy.
60
DIY

Songs overflow with ideas and, as the title suggests, they manage to plot a path through them all, finding something poetic amid all the excess.

60
The 405

There are highlights across the album for sure, but they come drowned out by stagnant song formats that do little to excite or innovate. Haiku From Zero is at its best when it deviates from these direct structures and explores a more introspective, calculated sound.

60
PopMatters
There are worse things to be than inoffensive upbeat background music, but the highlights hint toward so much more.
58
Pretty Much Amazing

The electro-funk mixed with the alternative dance and light tropicalia percussion ends up tasting like pizza and pie and popsicles all at the same time. It isn’t that this record is bad, its just meh.

50
Under The Radar

Haiku From Zero is fine filler for a late-night dance party, but we can't fathom reaching for this album as often as those prior-too much of it borders on forgettable.

RyanDWessel
65
It's an okay album, I can tell Dan Whitford is running out of steam. Those classic days of Neon Love and Ghost Colours can never be recaptured. However, I will admit this album is a HUGE improvement after Free Your Mind and January Tapes. I even think this album is slightly better than Zonoscope. God bless Cut Copy for staying true to their sound as well, much respect for them. This album could be FAR much worse, and they could have just sold out and done shitty EDM music, but no, they keep at ... read more
67
There were lots of moments of wonder, brought about by some really solid production, but overall a touch too forgettable with not enough standout moments. Someone else described it as "background music", and though I wouldn't go that far, it's a decent description.
HighClouds
50
Despite a few memorable hooks, Cut Copy‘s fifth album “Haiku From Zero” often sounds too domesticated or uninspired.

FULL REVIEW: http://www.highclouds.org/cut-copy-haiku-from-zero/
DukeEman
90
Nice to see them back in form and with less of the Eighties and more of them fooling around with sounds from all eras of the electronica synth period...
imimesis
72
Giving this a preview on NPR's First Listen. I never even listened to their previous album "Free Your Mind" because of the poor reviews, but have long enjoyed the two albums before that. This one actually has some good grooves on it. First track is solid. "No Fixed Destination" is quite enjoyable. "Haiku From Zero" certainly won't get the kind of love "Zonoscope" and "In Ghost Colours" did, but it seems to be a much more solid offering from ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#96/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Standing in the Middle of the Field
  2. Counting Down
  3. Black Rainbows
  4. Stars Last Me a Lifetime
  5. Airborne
  6. No Fixed Destination
  7. Memories We Share
  8. Living Upside Down
  9. Tired to the Weather
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