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Panda Bear & Sonic Boom

Reset

Debut collaboration between Noah Lennox (Animal Collective) and Peter Kember (Spacemen 3)

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Domino
UK Release date
12/08/2022
US Release date
12/08/2022
  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    Even when other records by Panda Bear or Sonic Boom have suggested positivity and low-stakes fun, none have quite delivered that feeling like Reset does
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  2. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Reset takes shape as a tribute to the consolatory powers of music and companionship, brimming with convivial charm and inner-voyage invention
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  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The Spacemen 3 and Animal Collective musicians unite for an album full of magical nostalgia
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Uplifting and hip-swinging summer vibes back vocal harmonies that often camouflage something considerably darker
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The duality of the lyrical themes and carefree musicality coupled with the contrast of Panda Bear and Sonic Boom’s performances are integral to Reset’s success
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Reset's title suggests a reasser- tion of core values, or perhaps a rethink of what pop is for in dark times. Either way, it has rebooted two great talents. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Lennox and Kember create breezy sonic collages of sunshine melody, fluidly chugging rhythms and fizzing analogue synths without succumbing to full retro-jukebox pastiche. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Like much of Panda Bear and Sonic Boom's best work, Reset is disorienting — an album of songs that feels cyclical and never-ending. But then again, so do the times we live in
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  9. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Sharing equal billing for the first time, longtime collaborators Noah Lennox and Peter Kember achieve an intoxicating mind meld over a sample-heavy tribute to 1960s pop
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  10. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Some songs have a pop aesthetic, others have an acoustic foundation and some can be a bit all over the place
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  11. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Reset is flush with Animal Collective’s blitzing jauntiness. But Kember’s droller sensibility serves as a crucial counterpoint
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  12. 7.8 |   Spectrum Culture

    Reset is less the work of two great minds finally melding than it is two friends with similar interests who want to make something joyful
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  13. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The collaboration between Animal Collective and Spacemen 3 members infuses new life into samples from pop music’s earliest era
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  14. 7.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    Although Sonic Boom sometimes overstuffs the record with unnecessary sounds, his chemistry with Panda Bear is natural. Perhaps next time they’ll leave the toy in the box, though
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  15. 7.0 |   Clash

    It’s a collaboration that invites listeners along for a ride between a now- distant musical past and the present
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  16. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    There's a mystical haze to this that pairs well with the glistening August sun - it's strangely at odds with itself, and most assuredly imperfect, but it's also charming and highly alluring
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  17. 7.0 |   DIY

    As warm a listen as Sonic Boom’s near-forgotten records must’ve been in lockdown Lisbon
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  18. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album revels in the sounds of ‘50s and ‘60s pop but lacks the hooks that made that era so indelible
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