8 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Frontman Joe Newman describes his band’s third album as “a great landscape eliciting different emotional reactions.” It’s fabulously treacherous terrain, dotted with unpredictable twists, turns, and rabbit holes. Even the most immediate track—“Deadcrush,” simmering space-funk inspired by deceased objects of desire—is dazzlingly rich in ideas. The band’s ambition reaches towering peaks on “Pleader,” which samples Ely Cathedral’s choir and its heating system while snaking through gentle folk, dystopian discord, and symphonic majesty. A remarkable balance of invention and accessibility, Relaxer places alt-J in a lineage of great British rock innovators that stretches from Pink Floyd to Radiohead.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Frontman Joe Newman describes his band’s third album as “a great landscape eliciting different emotional reactions.” It’s fabulously treacherous terrain, dotted with unpredictable twists, turns, and rabbit holes. Even the most immediate track—“Deadcrush,” simmering space-funk inspired by deceased objects of desire—is dazzlingly rich in ideas. The band’s ambition reaches towering peaks on “Pleader,” which samples Ely Cathedral’s choir and its heating system while snaking through gentle folk, dystopian discord, and symphonic majesty. A remarkable balance of invention and accessibility, Relaxer places alt-J in a lineage of great British rock innovators that stretches from Pink Floyd to Radiohead.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
246 Ratings
246 Ratings
Newkm0420 ,

Garbage

These songs are about as good as the graphics on the cover. The songs are boring. An Awesome Wave was one of my favorite albums of all time but I am not a fan of their recent work.

reddkapp ,

Full album release

Finally got the full album release today, and well I just want to love it because it Alt-J but I just can't. 3 songs crushed it and took me to that instrumental world of wonderland with harmonies that tickle the mind, the others not so much.

Durden512 ,

It's crap

I was stoked when I found out this album was coming out!

After giving it a listen... I gotta say I'm really disappointed. I dislike this album because it seems like the record label gave Alt-J free reign to do whatever. I feel what we got was a self indulgent experimental album that the band made to aid in discovering themselves.

There's really very little I enjoy about this album. I feel cheated. Alt-J has made some great work in the past but this album is a regression in their art. I feel this album is something they would have made prior to "An Awesome Wave" in an attempt to build their notoriety. What we have here is a bland experiment that lacks the creativity or allure of "This is all yours" or "An Awesome Wave".

I'm sad cause I really like these guys and this album just doesn't deliver the same compelling product their previous art has yielded.

If you like this album as a whole, kudos to you. You see something I don't, but I pose you this question.... Is it a enjoyable representation of what you've come to love about Alt-J?

For me it's not. It's just experimental garbage.

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