Standing On Top Of Utopia

Album Review of Standing On Top Of Utopia by Kasper Bjorke.

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Standing On Top Of Utopia

Kasper Bjorke

Standing On Top Of Utopia by Kasper Bjorke

Release Date: Mar 16, 2010
Record label: HFN
Genre(s): Dance, Electronic

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Standing On Top Of Utopia - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Kasper Bjørke's lengthy career through 2010 had only produced one full-length album by that point, but his second proved to be something spectacular. Perhaps the strongest full-length electronic release from Denmark since Trentemøller's The Last Resort, Standing on Top of Utopia found the DJ/producer creating not merely a solid album but a strong and surprising one. If anything, it had the sense of being the equivalent to the Lindstrøm/Prins Thomas and fellow travelers empire -- only instead of "beardo disco" imagining a never-never world of space rock/disco Ibiza, Bjørke looked instead to a wired, early electro-disco that was far more Gina X than Italo disco.

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Pitchfork - 61
Based on rating 6.1/10

Thanks to Röyksopp and Kleerup, we've developed expectations over the past few years about dance-and-pop-minded producers from Scandinavia. These studio auteurs may wander between genre borders, but their penchant for listenable electro-pop offset by voices (almost exclusively female) tinged with melancholy tends to help make their albums feel like organic units rather than tossed-together jumbles. Not so with Kasper Bjørke, whose vocal-aided tracks are odd and disparate and whose instrumental cuts are even more schizophrenic.

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