II - Moderat
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  • Summary: The electronic trio formed by Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) worked in the studio for six months on the follow-up to the group's 2009 self-titled debut.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. Aug 5, 2013
    On II, Moderat have created an evolving piece of art that manages to both reference and reinvent their respective musical blueprints.
  7. 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.

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  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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, Expand