Moderat

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    This is heady material, but it’s also extremely beautiful and catchy, and picks up right where each of their respective solo careers left off.
  2. The result is pragmatic but also quite creative and surprisingly catchy.
  3. For one reason or another, Modeselektor seem unwilling to trim the fat and here again, are a handful of just-okay songs that probably should have been lopped off. Cut some of them and you've got a great record instead of just a darn good one.
  4. There is a tension inherent in the contrast between such well-known artists that makes for interesting possibilities. Moderat do well here by playing off of this tension while creating highly listenable songs.
  5. Following on from a much earlier collaborative single, the first full-length effort pulling together Modeselektor and Apparat--despite a name that suggests a Depeche-loving rodent--has plenty to offer without entirely being a full-on slam dunk.
  6. Moderat is a wonderful second take on a pairing that only now, after years of self-development through the Modeselektor and Apparat brands, seems a coupling destined for greatness.
  7. An effective collaboration tempers the rougher edges around both artists and allows them to combine their own artistic strengths synthetically.
  8. Moderat is brooding, but manages to carry itself along without weighing itself down.
  9. Moderat never combines as effortlessly and endlessly as that still-breathless collaboration between Apparat and Ellen Allien, Orchestra of Bubbles (2006), but it is alternately as enjoyable as seeing these two collaborate should be and a roundabout disappointment.
  10. Not that anyone really expected or wanted a laugh a minute, but whilst these 13 tracks are certainly eclectic in style, the atmosphere throughout, with the exception of the bubbling melodic analogue chug of opener ‘A New Error’, is almost uniformly bleak.
  11. Filter
    46
    A disappointing product of the partnership betwen party boys Modeselektor and space cadet Apparat. [Spring 2009, p.106]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 15, 2015
    9
    Intelligent Dance Music at its finest. Brilliant in execution. Thrilling in emotional breadth. Cinematic in scope. I will never tire of this album.
  2. Mar 16, 2011
    10
    You must hear this album and, if they tour again, see Moderat live!
  3. Nov 3, 2010
    7
    Couple of days ago I played Seamonkey on a proper audio system, that gave me the biggest kick in a long time. This album has loads of awesomeCouple of days ago I played Seamonkey on a proper audio system, that gave me the biggest kick in a long time. This album has loads of awesome stuff, but prefer listening to Happy Birthday! But absolute worth it doing this one. Full Review »