Beautiful Rewind

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Beautiful Rewind
Studio album by Four Tet
Released 14 October 2013 (2013-10-14)
Genre Electronic
Label Text Records
Producer Kieran Hebden
Four Tet chronology
Beautiful Rewind

Beautiful Rewind is the seventh studio album by electronic musician Four Tet. It was released on 14 October 2013, by his own record label, Text Records.[1][2][3][4]


The album was announced on 22 July 2013. Kieran Hebden hinted that the release of the album would be low-key, stating on Twitter that there would be "no pre order, no youtube trailers, no itunes stream, no spotify, no amazon deal, no charts, no bit coin deal, no last minute rick rubin [referring to Rubin's enlistment by Kanye West to perform last-minute alterations to his recently released album Yeezus]."[5]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[7]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[8]
Fact 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Observer 4/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media 7.4/10.0[11]
The Quietus favourable[12]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars [14]
Spin 8/10[15]

Upon its release, Beautiful Rewind received some critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream critics, the album has received a metascore of 79, based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[6]

AllMusic reviewer Andy Kellman awarded Beautiful Rewind four stars out of five, stating that "while the album does seem rather patched together with a lack of focus...there's an irrefutable charm to the restlessness."[7] In her review for Consequence of Sound, Paula Mejia was disappointed that "the tracks don’t necessarily resonate as did the memorable, emotive singles that won over listeners’ hearts to begin with on catalogue highlight Rounds" and scored the album three-and-a-half stars out of five.[8] Fact magazine's Tom Lea also rated it at three-and-a-half stars out of five, offering the opinion that "Beautiful Rewind feels like Four Tet coming full circle" before commenting that "no matter how grubby it gets, at the heart of it will always be one fact: Four Tet’s forte is making Beautiful Music."[9] Killian Fox, writing for The Observer, described the album as "an (almost) unexpected pleasure" and awarded Beautiful Rewind four stars out of five.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kieran Hebden

No. Title Length
1. "Gong"   3:15
2. "Parallel Jalebi"   3:54
3. "Our Navigation"   3:54
4. "Ba Teaches Yoga"   3:20
5. "Kool FM"   5:09
6. "Crush"   2:26
7. "Buchla"   4:12
8. "Aerial"   5:57
9. "Ever Never"   0:32
10. "Unicorn"   3:31
11. "Your Body Feels"   4:04


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  3. ^ Coultate, Aaron (22 July 2013). "RA News: Four Tet announces new album, Beautiful Rewind". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Murray, Robin (22 July 2013). "Four Tet Prepares New Album 'Beautiful Rewind'". Clash. Clash Music Ltd. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Goble, Corban (22 July 2013). "Four Tet Announces New Album, Beautiful Rewind | News | Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Beautiful Rewind - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Beautiful Rewind - Four Tet | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Mejia, Paula (21 October 2013). "Album Review: Four Tet - Beautiful Rewind". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Lea, Tom (5 October 2013). "Beautiful Rewind – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.". Fact. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Fox, Killian (13 October 2013). "Four Tet: Beautiful Rewind – review | Music | The Observer". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Gaerig, Andrew (17 October 2013). "Four Tet: Beautiful Rewind | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Gibb, Rory (8 October 2013). "The Quietus | Reviews | Four Tet". The Quietus. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Battaglia, Andy (18 October 2013). "Four Tet, 'Beautiful Rewind' | Album Reviews | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Slant review". 
  15. ^ Beta, Andy (17 October 2013). "Four Tet, 'Beautiful Rewind' Review". Spin. Spin Media. Retrieved 25 October 2013.