Map of What Is Effortless Loneliness, loss, and the darker side of soul music are the subjects of Telefon Tel Aviv's second album, a stunning collision of techno blips, lush… Map of What Is Effortless Loneliness, loss, and the darker side of soul music are the subjects of Telefon Tel Aviv's second album, a stunning collision of techno blips, lush… 2004-01-27 Telefon Tel Aviv
Music Review

Map of What Is Effortless (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 27, 2004; Lead Performance: Telefon Tel Aviv

Loneliness, loss, and the darker side of soul music are the subjects of Telefon Tel Aviv's second album, a stunning collision of techno blips, lush strings, and swooning R&B vocals. Though the mood is unsettling, it works as an apt metaphor for the decaying of male-female relationships. Not only for the broken-hearted, this is computer-driven soul for anyone who's spent too many nights in front of a flickering monitor.

Originally posted Feb 13, 2004 Published in issue #751 Feb 13, 2004 Order article reprints