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  • Summary: Phil Ek produced the second album for the band (formerly known as Dios) fronted by Joel Morales.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Through smart songcraft, a powerful command of pop vocabulary, and skillful track sequencing, Dios Malos deliver an album that expands and grows more complicated with every listen.
  2. 82
    Completely non-offensive summertime pop. [#17, p.94]
  3. Dios (Malos) emphasize their way with hooks and downplay the hazy sonics of Dios for an album of sunny, instead of smoggy, Californian pop.
  4. dios (malos) is missing something--namely, guitarist Kevin Morales. [Dec 2005, p.212]
  5. Where Dios felt structured, (relatively) focused, and clever, dios (malos) just is let to drift in a mess of under-developed songs, odes to drug abuse, and unfocused guitar strumming.
  6. 60
    In taming their eccentricity, Dios (Malos) have also lost some of their dreamy romanticism along the way. [Mar 2006, p.98]
  7. There's nothing inherently wrong about writing songs about enjoying booze and drugs, but this isn't something I'd put on under the influence of either. Just imagine what it sounds like sober.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. georgej
    Nov 12, 2005
    brilliant album. Even better then their 1st.
  2. heynow
    Nov 29, 2005
    This is one of those albums that seduces you. You have to give it more than a couple of listens before you fall for it. Comparing it to their first album, I was initially disappointed. I thought it way too "pop-y" for my taste and somewhat juvenile. But there were some parts that felt familiar and comforting and other parts that felt unique. So I kept listening. Let this one spin a few times and you will appreciate the craftsmanship. Dios Malos is a very good band and this is a very good album. Expand
  3. tacofilling
    Nov 15, 2005
    I think the path this band is on is a good one. I've recently seen this band in concert at a small local bar, and was definitely impressed. I feel as if this is a laid back california attempt at a concept album. Sort of an oldie rock influenced throw back in a sense. Hence the simple poppy lyrics. In my humble opinion, listen to the whole catalog of Dios albums. This album does not nessicarily define them, but does show one of their many musical sides and a month since I bought it....I can't stop listening to it! Expand
  4. CraigS
    Nov 10, 2005
    The pot smoke has cleared and the mysterious Dios is now out in the open. Lyrically, Dios (malos) doesn't give a f***. Musically, it still is solid. Brian Wilson should still be proud. Check out "Grrrl," "Old Field Recordings," "I Feel Fine All the Time," "Say Anything," "Later Skater," "EPK," and "I Want it All" are my favorites. Expand
  5. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    definately not bad just not as rich sounding as the debut but still a damn fine effort