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  • Summary: The second album for the experimental rock trio was recorded near Yosemite.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
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  1. While Mythomania doesn’t necessarily punch its way out of that paper bag, the album does feel more immediate, its melodies are more memorable, and the songs do occasionally allow themselves to become more ragged.
  2. The lyrics, sometimes also sung by Mr. Cohen, abound in surrealistic metaphor: the bloom of a flower in darkness, the derisive laughter of the moon. Yet there are lines, and even entire songs, that beg to be taken at face value.
  3. Mythomania is overdriven, with sparks flying from the bolts in its neck and fruit machine cherries lining up in its vacant eye sockets. But it sounds perfect somehow.
  4. Under The Radar
    It's an across the board improvement that finds ex-Deerhoof guitarist Chris Cohen sharper, drummer Michael Carreira's work more tasteful and deliberate, and vocalist Nedelle Torrisi's performances even more dynamic and beautiful. [Spring 2009, p.65]
  5. Cryptacize have made an album that sounds welcomingly familiar for fans of Cohen’s aesthetic, but it won’t likely gain them a much wider fanbase.
  6. It stands alone as an album which is well-rounded--there's not much here which is lacking in quality, but much is lacking oomph.
  7. 40
    Cryptacize's latest squanders the band's natural resource: singer Nedelle Torrisi.

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