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  • Summary: Rjyan Kidwell's second release of 2003 (third, if you count his all-instrumental alternate version of 'Being Ridden') features 8 new songs that run the gamut from rap to industrial rock to glitchy electronica.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. So perhaps it's about time that we stop calling Cex a wunderkind: He may be barely 25 but with the introspective yet exuberant Maryland Mansions, he's officially grown up, establishing himself as a performer to be taken-- yikes!-- seriously.
  2. 80
    Deconstructed sonics phase between absent-minded professor and glitch-craft. [#23, p.101]
  3. Cex has finally found a way to bridge his goofball rhymes and brilliantly cinematic techno collages. [27 Nov 2003, p.94]
  4. [A] weird, angry, frustrating album.
  5. 70
    He finally seems to be combining alll of his varied interests into a complete package more substantive than his earlier, smark-alecky adventures. [Mar 2004, p.108]
  6. Although there are some moments of greatness on the disc, it feels more like a cathartic vent-session than a well thought-out release.

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