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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 18, 2011
    80
    An impressive debut that crackles with vitality. [May 2011, p.112]
  2. Apr 15, 2011
    80
    Amid the deferential nods, Mazes exude vigour and vibrancy.
  3. Apr 14, 2011
    80
    There's none of the narcotised throb of Yuck here: Mazes play with real vim, and aren't inclined to let their songs loiter unnecessarily.
  4. Once the initial shock of hearing this Mazes' brand of distorted but highly melodic rock wore off, it gave way to pure delight.
  5. Apr 15, 2011
    70
    Whether Mazes are a band that to stand the test of time remains to be seen, but this is an enjoyable, exciting and mostly excellent snapshot of their lives as they are right now; and you can't help but want to join them as the days grow longer and the nights lighter.
  6. Apr 15, 2011
    70
    A Thousand Heys, is cleaner, easier, and more melody-driven than most releases on, say, In the Red or Dirtnap Records.
  7. Apr 15, 2011
    62
    Though it boasts a couple of heaters, A Thousand Heys butts up against the same problem faced by so many others working in this timeless but relatively basic template -- there are undoubtedly listeners who won't ever get enough of this stuff, but how can you distinguish yourself while still maintaining the spirit of your predecessors?
  8. May 31, 2011
    60
    A Thousand Heys plays so much like the product of a band wigging out in a garage you can almost smell the Castrol GTX. [Jun 2011, p.119]
  9. Apr 22, 2011
    60
    A Thousand Mazes almost transcends its influences. Almost. [May 2011, p.91]
  10. 60
    A Thousand Heys reeks of wrong-side-of-the-pond, washed-out lo-fi revival as much as the vocals.
  11. Aug 17, 2011
    50
    here's no escaping the fact that although Mazes are quite capable of a good tune, there's often very little to separate one track from the next.
  12. May 27, 2011
    50
    The Manchester, England band Mazes prefers to record live and quickly, and their hit-it-and-quit ethos serves them well on this debut LP. [May 2011, p.88]
  13. May 6, 2011
    50
    It's as though Mazes don't take their own shtick very seriously. Which begs the question: why should we?
  14. Apr 20, 2011
    50
    They've got all the right footnotes and they know their way around a hook, but A Thousand Heys doesn't carve out a distinctive enough place for itself amid this year's crop of guitar-wielding miscreants.
  15. 50
    It's a out of focus Polaroid, a soggy Pollock demonstration, or, to stick with the name, an unfavorable maze. Given its short time, it's unlikely you'll write home about this one.

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