Matilda (album)

Matilda is the second studio album released February 21, 2011 (2011-02-21) by Stateless on Ninja Tune. The physical album included two CDs, one disc containing an instrumental version of the entire album. The album was also released as a 2LP set. The digital release that accompanied the physical media included a bonus track called "Matilda" as well.

Matilda
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2011 (2011-02-21)
GenreElectronica, alternative rock, trip hop
Length49:05
LabelNinja Tune
ProducerDamian Taylor
Stateless chronology
Stateless
(2007)
Matilda
(2011)
Singles from Matilda
  1. "Ariel"
    Released: 15 November 2010
  2. "Assassinations"
    Released: 14 February 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
BBC Music(positive)[3]
Sputnikmusic4.0/5[4]

Critical reception

Rick Anderson of AllMusic gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, writing: "The band's sophomore debut tempts fate with a nearly 30-second fade-in (you may think you have a defective disc on your hands, but wait for it), then takes off into a crazy welter of power ballad, electro-glitch, dubstep, atonal, acoustic-based, waltz-funk weirdness that occasionally gets tiring but rarely stops being interesting." Although feeling that "Ballad of NGB", "Song for the Outsider" and "Junior" should have been separated in the track listing due to their similarities ("mixtures of strings, thudding beats embroidered with clicky and glitchy percussion sounds, and soulful vocals that are sometimes crooned and sometimes only half-sung"), he concluded that "everything else [...] is pretty intensely great."[2]

Mike Diver of BBC Music reviewed the album mostly positively, judging that the album does not "set a tone that's wholly maintained – and that's both the beauty and the irritation of Matilda. It's an album that tries to do too much in too little time, splitting itself into two halves of static'n'bass and strings'n'sighs, the midpoint dividing line a gentle instrumental called (appropriately) 'Red Sea', which loops itself beautifully like a lost passage from the Riceboy Sleeps LP."[3]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Chris James except "Visions" (lyrics by Justin Percival) and "I Shall Not Complain" (lyrics by James and Percival).

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Curtain Call"James, Percival6:14
2."Ariel"James, Percival, Roberts3:33
3."Miles to Go"James, Percival, Roberts4:23
4."Visions"Percival, James, Roberts2:58
5."Assassinations"James, Percival, Roberts, Levin, Buchanan-Dunlop4:10
6."Red Sea"James, Taylor1:59
7."I'm On Fire" (featuring vocals from Shara Worden)James, Worden5:20
8."Ballad of NGB" (with Balanescu Quartet)James3:28
9."Song for the Outsider" (with Balanescu Quartet)James, Taylor, Wood5:15
10."Junior" (with Balanescu Quartet)James, Percival4:37
11."I Shall Not Complain"James, Percival, Roberts, Levin7:08
12."Matilda" (BONUS TRACK)James, Percival2:09
Total length:51:14

References

  1. "Reviews for Matilda by Stateless - Metacritic". CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  2. Anderson, Rick. "Matilda - Stateless". AllMusic. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  3. Diver, Mike. "BBC - Music - Review of Stateless - Matilda". BBC Online. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  4. Butler, Nick (April 11, 2011). "Stateless - Matilda (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
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