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The Centre Cannot Hold

Ben Frost

The Centre Cannot Hold

Latest album of minimalist electronic compositions from the Melbourne-born composer

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  1. 8.5 |   The 405

    The Ben Frost of ten years ago might not recognize the Ben Frost of now, and his current work might register as completely foreign to him in 2027
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  2. 8.2 |   Resident Advisor

    The Centre Cannot Hold is about flux, about the flow of change through cycles of destruction and serenity. It's a more hopeful record than you might think.
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Ben Frost again proves himself to be adept at juggling noise and melody, rhythm and drone, distortion and clarity
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A rigorous, beautiful achievement
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s often a difficult listen. If you’re looking for ease and comfort there’s a deluge of that available, but there are aren’t many records like The Centre Cannot Hold
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Constantly seems on the verge of collapse, but it never descends into utter chaos
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    By projecting the state of reality into his music, Frost can transcend it and produce a work of art as a result
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  8. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    Don’t expect any club bangers or chances to dance. It’s just unsettling. If it was the score to a film, it’d likely be a thriller or some sci-fi epic
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  9. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    Ben Frost unleashes volleys of brutalizing electronic sound as an allegory for the grim state of the world
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  10. 7.5 |   The Quietus

    It’s a daunting listen yet one filled with frustration and anger
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  11. 7.0 |   Crack

    His compositions feel like they’re warping into a sonic singularity, and the theme is continued on The Centre Cannot Hold
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  12. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Doesn’t seem to be a political album in the strict sense of the word. It’s more akin to a journal of the individual’s emotions amidst this state of the world
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  13. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The overall effect is affecting and exhausting, the listener feeling queasy and spent. Print edition only

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