The Centre Cannot Hold

Album Review of The Centre Cannot Hold by Ben Frost.

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The Centre Cannot Hold

Ben Frost

The Centre Cannot Hold by Ben Frost

Release Date: Sep 29, 2017
Record label: Mute
Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic

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The Centre Cannot Hold - Excellent, Based on 4 Critics

The 405 - 85
Based on rating 8.5/10
85

An image search for Ben Frost will pull up more than a couple photos of the Icelandic-by-way-of-Australia experimental composer.

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PopMatters - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

The work of Ben Frost has always had a visceral edge. The Australian producer, based currently in Iceland, has displayed a wide range of sounds and influences within his experimental electronic music, ranging from minimal electronic to neo-classical and from drone music to black metal. This mixture has resulted in a number of successful releases, with By the Throat and Aurora standing out in particular.

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Drowned In Sound - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Thus goes Irish poet W B Yeats.

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Pitchfork - 78
Based on rating 7.8/10
78

In June 2010, when Ben Frost announced his year-long mentorship with Brian Eno, the match-up may have appeared curious. Following a stint with Coldplay and a gospel album with David Byrne, Eno had recently co-produced U2.

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