II - Moderat

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Aug 2, 2013
    Where Moderat sounded at times tentative and disjointed, II is in every regard a better and more well-rounded record. If there were no third Moderat album, this would stand as a definitive statement.
  2. 90
    In other words, Moderat have stepped up to the plate and then some.
  3. Aug 1, 2013
    II is an absolute masterpiece of dancefloor work.
  4. Aug 2, 2013
    Moderat II is nothing if not navel gazing; however, the introspection allows ideas to flow freely, and moreover the diverse styles of the collaborators this time make cosy bedfellows to create a genuinely beautiful, atmospheric record.
  5. Sep 17, 2013
    It’s an expert turn by seasoned professions thoroughly in their own comfort zone.
  6. 80
    It isn’t leaps and bounds better than its predecessor but within that time frame, they’ve all fine-tuned their act.
  7. Aug 12, 2013
    II may actually prove itself to be the group's most accomplished record, and one Moderat fans will come back to more often down the line.
  8. Aug 6, 2013
    The group has not only improved on the directness of their music, but this album flows in a more continuous stream than their previous effort.
  9. Aug 5, 2013
    II mostly succeeds on its own terms, rather than as a refined package of each act's moodier moments, precisely because it does keep you guessing.
  10. Aug 5, 2013
    II is the kind of crafted album you just don’t expect from a supergroup or side project as it matches, and maybe even tops, the work of its individual parties.
  11. Aug 5, 2013
    As with anything this ambitious, it occasionally over-reaches itself--but the highlights are magical, and should see Moderat reach ever bigger audiences.
  12. Aug 5, 2013
    II is the perfect 21st-century escape from so much banal guitar music.
  13. Aug 2, 2013
    II is their finest work yet and cements the fact that Moderat have developed into a dance act whose existence should never have even been questioned in the first place.
  14. Aug 1, 2013
    More considered than the debut, more quietly patient and yet somehow more addictive.
  15. Nov 15, 2013
    It’s the kind of music that nobody, perhaps not even Moderat themselves, expected from this record.
  16. 75
    Although a little too short for the grand mood it builds for us, it’s a beautiful summation of what Moderat’s visions aim to create.
  17. Aug 1, 2013
    II is just about perfectly synchronized with the zeitgeist, and if it’s not a flawlessly executed record, it still seems capable of making the most out of its moment.
  18. Aug 23, 2013
    For the most part, this album is sequenced as vocal cut followed by an instrumental cut, which drags the flow of the songs down in its predictability. This is problematic for II specifically because of how much better the vocal-driven tracks are than the instrumental ones.
  19. Aug 16, 2013
    If there's a complaint to be leveled, it's that the off threesome might have smoothed out its differences a little too much. But it mostly works. [No. 101, p.57]
  20. 70
    II is the noise of all their Christmases turning up at once.
  21. Aug 6, 2013
    II is, on the whole, worthy of the names and histories that have coalesced and been commingled in its making.
  22. Aug 5, 2013
    On II, Moderat have created an evolving piece of art that manages to both reference and reinvent their respective musical blueprints.
  23. 70
    A pall of unrest certainly permeates the record, but II feels of a single entity, one cloaked in fog but backlit by strobes.
  24. Aug 22, 2013
    Though some lyricless segments blur together, a few stand out.
  25. Aug 20, 2013
    Infectious and effective as it is, Moderat II is never quite as overwhelming as it threatens to be. [Sep 2013, p.106]
  26. Aug 13, 2013
    It's a more downbeat affair than their 2009 debut and best envinced by the stuttering tech soul of Gita. [Sep 2013, p.95]
  27. 60
    The trio's manipulation of euphoric rave dynamics on tracks like “Therapy” brings a fresh approach to a tried-and-tested form.
  28. Aug 1, 2013
    Seductive, maybe--but it rather lacks character of its own. [Sep 2013, p.92]
  29. Aug 5, 2013
    Just as their unique names have been combined to form a completely fatuous hybrid, Modeselektor and Apparat have almost completely negated each other's strengths.
  30. Aug 23, 2013
    The pacing is tentative, the tone one of suppressed pain, and the FX custom-designed to denote ‘meaningfulness’ or emotional sensitivity--all rustic organ sounds and tinkling guitar notes.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    A very likely recommendation for a sunny Saturday afternoon. This is a band who knows what they are doing and regrettably seem overshadowed by pastiche bands like Daft Punk. In my opinion Moderat offer something more legitimate than the likes of Daft Punk. A truly underrated gem of an album and band, Full Review »
  2. Aug 8, 2013
    This album is incredible if you happen to understand and enjoy this type of music. To me this is the pinnacle of electronic music and will probably be considered my album of the year in all genres. It demands repeated listening. Full Review »