Cocteau Twins' most accessible album has rightfully become part of the pop culture canon, continually finding new listeners three decades after its release. The production is vibrant and comforting, and the best songs have some of the strongest melodies they ever wrote, while the lyrics retain the mystery of their earlier, murkier material.
- Paul Simpson
April 28, 2001
Neil Ollivierra takes a more clinical approach to Detroit techno on Black Buildings, but don't take that as a negative. Whereas Soundtrack (313) was based on field recordings of the city, this album exists outside of any specific geographic location. Black Buildings is a subtle and simply fantastic slice of early 2000s ambient techno. Simple keyboard lines establish and then interweave, gentle bass and beats rumble around in the low end, and the generally blissful ambience of the album slowly permeates the room it is played in over 70 minutes.
- James Mason