Nils Frahm - All Melody
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2018 Ratings: #142 / 851
User Score
Based on 325 ratings
2018 Ratings: #185
Liked by 10 people
Sign In to rate and review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound
It’s continuously changing, perfectly timed, evenly spaced - an impeccable album.
91
A.V. Club

All constraints are off for All Melody, a vibrant, exploratory album born from Frahm’s newly constructed Berlin studio and the freedom to experiment it allowed.

90
The Line of Best Fit
It’s a Michelin star feast of elegant tones playing out terse melodies amid concert hall sized production, and it should find its way onto year end lists come December.
86
Paste

Over the past few years, Frahm has scored films, collaborated with other artists (like singer-songwriter Woodkid and hip-hop producer DJ Shadow) and reunited with the band of his youth. Along the way, he has clearly indulged some sonic wanderlust; All Melody feels like the first delectable fruits of that labor.

85
XLR8R

With All Melody, Nils Frahm has retained his unique approach and emotional sensitivity. He’s also expanded his sound, and shown more of his soul than ever before. It’s a record to be treasured.

80
PopMatters

By challenging himself to make the most out of his new recording environment, he has refreshed his sound and ended up with his most engaging and accessible work to date. It is a wholly immersive triumph that draws you in tight as few albums do.

80
Loud and Quiet

Whether Frahm admits it or not, when it comes to playing with people’s feelings or trying to make sense of his own, he rarely gets it wrong.

80
Exclaim!

It's an impressive compilation of provocatively disparate ideas, but taken in in its intended order, there's a mesmerizing continuity to it all.

80
Crack Magazine
Like with former albums, the strength of Frahm’s melodies comes not from sonic business, but minimalism. Each musical component follows a simple path but is arranged in such a way that evokes maximum emotional payoff.
80
DIY
For Nils Frahm, this record is nothing new: on his terms it is not extraordinary. But for mere mortals, ‘All Melody’ is a bracing cacophony of the possibilities of minute sonic experimentation.
80
Resident Advisor

For All Melody, he didn't just try to channel the energy of his live performances. He brought that feeling of space, warmth and human connection into the studio with him.

80
Spectrum Culture

Holed up in an East Berlin studio rebuilt to his fussy sonic demands, Frahm gathered a cluster of other musicians, including a choir, and has crafted his most expansive release yet, one that synthesizes his prior innovations with a new compositional palette.

78
Pitchfork
True, it’s not a wildly varied record: The tempos are generally slow, the moods contemplative, the melancholy almost all-pervasive. But within that framework, he explores as much ground as he can, from grand, sweeping choral passages reminiscent of Arvo Pärt to understated piano études.
75
Northern Transmissions
Mixing the worlds of electronics with dark choirs and strange organic sounds, Frahm is able to find a sound that speaks to our current society and where we may go. The first half of his album does stumble around these concepts much more loosely, making the stronger second half almost feel like it’s own unique EP on the album. This said, the stride he hits for this second half is a cinematic-flavoured delight that will mesmerize you.
75
Under The Radar
These are nocturnes that cover ground like a true tracker. Frahm can get a little lost in his acreage and compositions might benefit from the fences of editing but transportation requires a sense of adventure and following Nils Frahm has hidden rewards.
75
Consequence of Sound
From the dejected, somber piano on “My Friend the Forest” to the thrilling, endless spiral that is nine-minute opus “Sunson”, Frahm is on a high that’s both incredibly organized and full of improvisation.
70
AllMusic
The result is some of the richest and most ambitious work he's created to date. However, he manages to maintain a simplicity and intimacy, and above all, a sense of spaciousness.
60
The Observer

While All Melody’s textures are magnificent, plick-plocking susurrations, his treatment of the human voice is like a gash in an otherwise beauteous canvas. Why, if you’re going to run tracks through a dry well in Mallorca just to get the organic reverb right, would you just get an off-the-peg western choir to “ah” boringly on tracks like Human Range?

60
musicOMH
Overall it proves a worthy addition to his catalogue and sees him subtly move his sound on once again, without maybe being the great leap it could have been.
zachthesnack
85

Nils Frahm is somewhat of a renaissance artist when it comes to making music. He has showcased over the years that he is capable of masterfully curating pieces of music across a wide range of styles within his classical niche. All Melody was no different, with what was possibly the most relaxing record of 2018 so far, Frahm was able to bring all of the skills hes culminated over the years into Fruition and it was quite beautiful. Songs like A Place, Human Range and #2 were absolutely gorgeous ... read more

Houdanny
70

One of Frahm’s most maximal and upfront releases, it takes a more old school approach to ambient/minimalism, but often I find this leads to some rather awkward spots on the album. I find this album works best when Frahm sticks to his guns with the light and pristine piano-centric ambient. Still good overall though.

Standout: Sunson
Favs: All Melody, Kaleidoscope, Human Range, Harm Hymn, Fundamental values, My friend the Forest
Least fav: A place

BuffaloStaple
50

Way too long and uncreative imo, some stellar piano melodies and nice, calm, ambient sequences from time to time but overall nothing i feel massively compelled to listen to multiple times, just kinda drags on after a while and puts me to sleep.

Houdanny
70

One of Frahm’s most maximal and upfront releases, it takes a more old school approach to ambient/minimalism, but often I find this leads to some rather awkward spots on the album. I find this album works best when Frahm sticks to his guns with the light and pristine piano-centric ambient. Still good overall though.

Standout: Sunson
Favs: All Melody, Kaleidoscope, Human Range, Harm Hymn, Fundamental values, My friend the Forest
Least fav: A place

prets
NR

lista

79

1. 8/10
2. 8/10
3. 8/10
4. 8/10
5. 8/10
6. 7/10
7. 9/10
8. 8/10
9. 8/10
10. 7/10
11. 7/10
12. 7/10

album cohesion: 9
album originality: 8

total = 79%

Purchasing All Melody from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, CoL1, Glitchy
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.
Advertisement

Track List

  1. The Whole Universe Wants to Be Touched
  2. Sunson
  3. A Place
  4. My Friend the Forest
  5. Human Range
  6. Forever Changeless
  7. All Melody
  8. #2
  9. Momentum
  10. Fundamental Values
  11. Kaleidoscope
  12. Harm Hymn
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.
Advertisement


Added on: November 13, 2017