AOTY 2018

Dimensional People

Mouse on Mars - Dimensional People
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #581 / 704
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2018 Ratings: #519
April 13, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

The 13 tracks that make up the German band's 11th LP find them recording, writing and collaborating with a wide swath of artists ... to craft a dizzying array of sounds and vocals that probably would have come off as a sonic mess if not for Mouse on Mars' crystalline vision.

80
musicOMH

The album often takes on the attributes of a free-flowing jam session, and the idea is that the many guests contributed to it in whatever way they wanted.

76
Pitchfork

Mouse on Mars integrate their guests into the larger project, rather than giving them space to shine on their own. The contributors become building blocks in service of arrangement, which mostly works to the record’s advantage.

75
Under The Radar

Dimensional People is a refreshing release for a group who have proven that their musical prowess is as boundless as the soundscapes they create-and they look poised to push these limits of post-digital music even further.

65
Spectrum Culture

Dimensional People ends up as uneven as it is uncompromising, but that was likely the point.

60
Drowned in Sound

Without the installation, Dimensional People feels a bit 2D. There’s a piece of the conceptual puzzle just out of reach, and I’m not really sure what to do with all the other bits.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

Dimensional People wants to be a major rap album, complete with cameos stacked way high, all epic and prodigal. But it’s just not all there.

mattgoold
74
Frenetic and weird right from the get go, Dimensional People somehow adds up to something that is bizarrely an enjoyable, and listenable experience.
Jer
50
It's not a bad album, but damn is this bad. There are strong parts but they are far and few between really bland vocals, wasted guests, and weird progression.
jamius
75
DIMENSIONAL PEOPLE deserves praise alone for its clever use of guest collaborators, of which there is many. Justin Vernon, for instance, tends to stick out like a sore thumb. Not here -- he fits seamlessly between the cracks, eliciting an occasional, "Hey, is that Bon Iver?" throughout his three features. Mouse on Mars are known for tackling an array of styles from electro-pop to post-rock. And On DP, they seem to cover the gamut though it is never brash or out of place. This one ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#34/The Quietus

Track List

  1. Dimensional People Part I
  2. Dimensional People Part II
  3. Dimensional People Part III
  4. Foul Mouth
  5. Aviation
  6. Parliament Of Aliens Part I
  7. Daylight
  8. Tear To My Eye
  9. Parliament Of Aliens Part II
  10. Parliament Of Aliens Part III
  11. Résumé
  12. Sidney In A Cup
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gabbygee, thisisabtlgrnd, patton
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Added on: January 12, 2018