Circles - Moon Duo
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  • Summary: The second full-length release from the San Francisco-based duo of Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay of the same name.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 80
    For those who can stomach its muscular experimentation, Circles is out of this world.
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    76
    [Circles] is an uncharacteristically varied, psych-y noise-pop record that just plain sounds and feels great.
  3. Oct 2, 2012
    70
    Even if it's in small phases, Moon Duo continue to evolve as they revolve.
  4. Oct 11, 2012
    70
    For those interested in a group that still finds ways to take Krautrock down several roads, Circles more than succeeds.
  5. It's just solid and efficient, a period piece with modern trimmings.
  6. Oct 2, 2012
    60
    Ultimately, Circles is pleasant and even fun in places, while being somewhat tedious and even boring in others.
  7. Nov 30, 2012
    60
    The songs occasionally tread similar ground, as with "Sparks" flowing into "Dance Pt. 3" in the same key and playing at first notice like variations on a theme. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.130]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Dec 5, 2012
    8
    Fantastic, hypnotic Kraut-blues-freakout rock. It can get a little bit samey, but if you're on the band's wavelength it can be beautiful. Like if Neil Young collaborated with Neu! back in the 70s. Collapse