A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material Image
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  • Summary: As the title suggests, the collection includes unreleased and rare songs created between 1999 and 2010 from the avant-garde electronic artist.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. Jul 20, 2012
    84
    This remastered Collection of Rarities is intriguing beyond its archival purposes, as it traces the evolution of an artist over the course of 11 years.
  2. Aug 23, 2012
    80
    [The album is] really fun. You don't have to know about 12-tone serialism to appreciate the wonderfully goody innards of this appropriately titled compilation. [No.90, p.59]
  3. Aug 24, 2012
    80
    Rarities are all the pieces that didn't fit. And furthermore, they're mostly fantastic.
  4. Jul 16, 2012
    70
    Perhaps there's not enough variation on the album as a whole, with only the odd anomaly which then sounds rather out of place, but even the anomalies are very distinctly John Maus and at times that may be a grim, cold, dark, slightly pretentious thing, but it is no bad thing.
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    70
    The 16 cut offering--if not out and out innovation--then at least a reminder that his deconstructionist approach is more than clever for clever's sake. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.123]
  6. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    It probably won't rope in many. But for those few who do get it, A Collection Of Rarities will provide a truly uncommon and sometimes jarring glimpse into the evolution of an incredible musical mind.
  7. Dec 5, 2012
    50
    A mixed bag. [Oct 2012, p.62]

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