Ancient Mars - The Zolas
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  • Summary: This is the second release for the Canadian indie rock duo of Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 3, 2012
    80
    An immersive and atmospheric sonic experience, one made all the better by the group's much-improved songwriting chops.
  2. They start off well, though, with a trio of solid tracks.... The remaining tracks on the album are equally inoffensive, but they don't have the same half-minded unassuming appeal to help them glide along, and too often there's one too many head-in-your-hands cheesy lines thrown in.
  3. 60
    The Zolas are a Canadian indie band whose outsider-pop songs evoke a keen sense of disjunction with the modern world.
  4. 60
    Throughout, the timidity of sentiment is beguiling, but the matching timidity of sound--the unprepossessing jangle and meandering quality of so many songs--is just frustrating.
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    60
    An album which is a little too anodyne, but redeemed by an engagingly human warmth and unforced sincerity. [Jan 2013, p.83]
  6. Dec 17, 2012
    60
    The odd saccharine lyrics loses them a fourth star. [Jan 2013, p.102]
  7. Dec 3, 2012
    40
    The album may start well, but there is very little on the record that will last long in the memory.

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