Mazes - Moon Duo
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  • Summary: The San Francisco duo formed by Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips releases its second full-length studio album.
  • Record Label: Sacred Bones
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic/Garage, Hi-NRG
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Apr 21, 2011
    80
    If the proceedings get a bit "same-y" at times, it's with good reason. Johnson understands the concept of expansion through repetition and uses it to great effect. As the album tumbles to a close with the eight-minute "Goners," the band's operational scheme seems stunning in its clarity.
  2. Apr 21, 2011
    75
    Mazes is an exercise in accessibility and concision, using familiar, melodic pop templates to support their drone and krautrock tendencies.
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    70
    Mazes is all about songwriting growth, lyric melody, more elaborate textures, and accessible riffs. They underscore Moon Duo's heavy stuff and offer something refreshingly different in the process.
  4. Apr 21, 2011
    70
    This album sounds more complete somhow, if simply because it is more professional: not only is the production a little slicker, but also Moon Duo's penchant for droney jams has been honed down to more precise songs that pack more punch while still getting the job done.
  5. Apr 21, 2011
    70
    Each song remains a steady, stellar journey to the next piercing solo until the noise removes itself after a surprisingly brief 50 minutes and suddenly there's a big gaping black hole where Moon Duo were. All that remains is to re-listen.
  6. Apr 21, 2011
    70
    Original? No. Enjoyable? Yep.
  7. Apr 22, 2011
    60
    Mazes proves that San Franciscan guitarist Ripley Johnson has not musically strayed too far from home. [May 2001, p.93]
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