Worlds

Album Review of Worlds by Porter Robinson.

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Worlds

Porter Robinson

Worlds by Porter Robinson

Release Date: Aug 12, 2014
Record label: Astralwerks
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance, EDM

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Worlds - Average, Based on 3 Critics

Pitchfork - 69
Based on rating 6.9/10
69

If Porter Robinson didn’t make an album like Worlds in 2014, someone else would have. Never mind that, if one were to squint real hard, the North Carolina producer’s shimmering, saccharine-sweet new album could be seen as an antidote to the aggressive, toxically masculine culture that’s pervaded mainstream American dance culture over the last few years—a culture whose fuck-it sense of hedonism has recently resulted in fatal consequences, even as its corporate benefactors continue to cynically bleed its participants dry. Much more than a corrective gesture, the specific mix of sounds on Worlds—part synthy indie-pop, part twinkling bedroom-beatmaker fare, part festival-ready electro—comes at an excellent time.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

Porter Robinson was a teenage Beatport chart-topper -- one of the youngest and fastest-rising EDM producers. In 2012, after a few singles, he issued "Language," his first song to dent Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart in the U.S. Just after his 20th birthday, it went into the Top Ten of the U.K. pop chart.

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Consequence of Sound - 51
Based on rating C
51

Like fellow main stage draws deadmau5 and Hardwell, 22-year-old Porter Robinson has been critical of the EDM revolution since he himself transformed the scene with his frantic, genre-blurring “complextro” soundscapes back in 2012. Unlike his contemporaries in criticism, Robinson has made a calculated shift away from his former career-defining sounds. His debut LP, Worlds, pivots toward the tender electronic layers of talents like M83 and Passion Pit.

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