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Cruel Optimism

Lawrence English

Cruel Optimism

Latest release by the prolific English-born Brisbane-based ambient electronic musician and sound artist

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  1. 8.0 |   The Music

    Simultaneously intelligent, melancholy and savage
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A vast swirling dystopia of euphoric white noise. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s not a record that’s gonna have you busting out the shapes, but it will move you in unexpected ways
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  4. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    English banded with likeminded souls to create a precious document of despair as a foundation for discovery and advancement; it is up to us to do the same
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  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Stands tall as a worthy chronicle of hope amid life in grievous times
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Lawrence English's Cruel Optimism is a noise-ambient gem and a work of pained beauty
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  7. 7.4 |   Resident Advisor

    An album that feels personal but also universal
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  8. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The waves of static peace and disorienting swells that wash back and forth over Cruel Optimism communicate on an open plane where specific meaning is obscured but state of mind is apparent to anyone
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