Less Than Human - The Juan MacLean
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  • Summary: The latest DFA artist to create a buzz in the music press is former Six Finger Satellite guitarist John Maclean, whose "Less Than Human" is his full-length debut as The Juan Maclean.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Overflows with ebullient beats that are both booming and bizarre. [29 Jul 2005, p.68]
  2. 83
    It's a techno album, straight up. [Aug 2005, p.98]
  3. If the DFA medium/message commands one groove rattling under a nation, Less Than Human is evidence enough that bot-genius Maclean is just the half-man needed to bang up the plumbing so that all faucets drip lightning bolts.
  4. 80
    Live drums and guitars give it a feeling of anarchic playfulness. [Aug 2005, p.101]
  5. Less Than Human is the sound of James Murphy transforming the songs of a guy who has spent a nauseating amount of time fiddling about with Kraftwerk-y synths into an album as enjoyable at home as it is on the dancefloor.
  6. For some, the absence of human warmth may prove the album's ultimate flaw. Still, until there are humans out there making music like this robot, we'll settle for it.
  7. On songs like "In the Afternoon" and "Time is Running out," Maclean fails to add even a shred of feeling to his chilly IDM clones.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8