Mantasy - Michael Mayer
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 30, 2012
    70
    Going into this with no expectations should prove to be beneficial.
  2. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Representing the sum of all the label's split personalities--including the rousing microhouse of closer 'Good Times'--it should be listened to more as a celebratory catalogue than a seamless concept LP; a worthy precursor to next year's 'Twenty Years Of...'
  3. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    Mayer's instincts, developed behind the decks, come subtly bleeding through on Mantasy, but his sophmore album also shows an artist that's comfortable with revealing lurking melodies and smearing the lines between genres as a producer.
  4. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    Mantasy is a noticeably self-contained work: it unfolds gradually and deliberately, full of wholly beguiling details.
  5. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    Whether its impish character makes for a consistently engrossing listening experience is questionable, but it has moments of brilliance.
  6. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    This very playable record has a broad appeal at the same time as it reasserts modern electronica's vitality. [Jan 2013, p.98]
  7. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    Whilst it isn't flawless, it's as accomplished as it is experimental and it seems to improve with each spin.
  8. Oct 31, 2012
    70
    Even though it operates under the familiar laws of Mayer's universe, Mantasy's appeal largely comes from how self-contained and individual each cut is.
  9. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    For the most part, Mantasy is a serious record that confidently takes its own sweet time.
  10. Oct 23, 2012
    70
    After the lackluster Touch, Mantasy at least captures the bonhomie that permeates the best releases from his house and techno label. [Nov 2012, p.77]
  11. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Whilst he must be commended for his ambition, Mantasy is a patchy affair containing the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

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