Surrounded by Silence (album)

Surrounded by Silence is the third studio album by Prefuse 73.[5] It was released on Warp on March 21, 2005.[4]

Surrounded by Silence
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 2005 (2005-03-21)
GenreElectronica, hip hop
ProducerPrefuse 73
Prefuse 73 chronology
Extinguished: Outtakes
Surrounded by Silence
Prefuse 73 Reads the Books E.P.
Singles from Surrounded by Silence
  1. "Hide Ya Face"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Robert Christgau[3]
Drowned in Sound6/10[4]
Stylus MagazineB−[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes[9]

Critical reception

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Surrounded by Silence received an average score of 73% based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

John Bush of AllMusic gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, calling it "just another underground rap record, with the usual collection of untraceable sound detritus to anchor its productions."[2]

Track listing

1."I've Said All I Need to Say About Them Intro"3:33
2."Hide Ya Face" (featuring Ghostface and El-P)3:13
3."Bad Memory Interlude One"0:39
4."Ty Versus Detchibe" (featuring Tyondai Braxton)3:21
5."Expressing Views Is Obviously Illegal"3:41
6."Pastel Assassins" (featuring Claudia Deheza and Alejandra Deheza)4:26
7."Pagina Dos" (featuring The Books)2:28
8."Silencio Interlude"0:56
9."Now You're Leaving" (featuring Camu)2:38
10."Gratis" (Prefuse vs. Pedro)4:51
11."We Go Our Own Way" (featuring Kazu)3:19
12."Mantra Two" (featuring Tyondai Braxton)1:06
13."Sabbatical with Options" (featuring Aesop Rock)2:44
14."It's Crowded" (featuring Claudia Deheza)4:53
15."Just the Thought" (featuring Masta Killa and GZA)3:37
16."La Correcion Exchange" (featuring DJ Nobody)4:15
17."Hide Ya Face (Reminder Version)"1:34
18."Morale Crusher" (featuring Beans)1:13
19."Minutes Away Without You"3:48
20."Rain Edit Interlude"1:36
21."And I'm Gone" (Prefuse vs. Piano Overlord vs. Broadcast vs. Café Tacuba)2:55


Chart Peak
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[11] 8
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[12] 34
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 39


  1. "Surrounded By Silence by Prefuse 73". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  2. Bush, John. "Surrounded by Silence - Prefuse 73". AllMusic. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  3. Christgau, Robert. "Prefuse 73". Christgau's Consumer Guide. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  4. Diver, Mike (March 21, 2005). "Prefuse 73 - Surrounded By Silence". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  5. Jones, Kevin (April 1, 2005). "Prefuse 73 - Surrounded By Silence". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  6. Mitchum, Rob (March 24, 2005). "Prefuse 73: Surrounded By Silence". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  7. Hamilton, Pierre (July 21, 2005). "Prefuse 73: Surrounded by Silence". PopMatters. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  8. Pemberton, Rollie (March 24, 2005). "Prefuse 73 - Surrounded By Silence". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  9. Weir, Matt B. "Prefuse 73 - Surrounded by Silence". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  10. Segal, Dave (March 29, 2005). "Prefuse 73 - Surrounded By Silence". XLR8R. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  11. "Prefuse 73: Chart history (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  12. "Prefuse 73: Chart history (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  13. "Prefuse 73: Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
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