Ores & Minerals

  • Record Label: Fat Cat
  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2013
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Q Magazine
    Apr 10, 2013
    80
    A surprisingly well-nourished beast. [May 2013, p.105]
  2. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    Marvellous, and highly recommended.
  3. Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Ores & Minerals, its [A Thousand Heys'] follow-up, is arguably less direct, but more fully realised, and likely more enduring.
  4. Feb 20, 2013
    80
    It's the first great guitar album of the year--stimulating, idiosyncratic, occasionally challenging, but most importantly, jam-packed full of proper tunes.
  5. Feb 20, 2013
    80
    Overall, Ores & Minerals is a showcase of the band's strengths that finds an original band settling in and taking their ideas to the next level of clever.
  6. Feb 20, 2013
    80
    Mazes are forging a distinct path from their peers and their second record offers rich rewards for like minds who wish to join them.
  7. Mar 7, 2013
    77
    2011's A Thousand Heys, was a solid take on 90s American indie, but a bit too beholden to its influences. Ores & Minerals fixes that and adds a lot more.
  8. 75
    There’s a tightness and economy to the sound that makes the album sound excitingly different.
  9. Feb 20, 2013
    70
    While songs like 'Significant Bullet' and 'Leominster' feel like slightly unnecessary inclusions and can cause the listening experience to drag slightly, this is a very impressive record with some truly excellent songs.
  10. May 3, 2013
    60
    It is jangly, and pleasant, and perfect for the approaching summer season.
  11. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    60
    It's a collection that rewards with multiple visits. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.100]
  12. 60
    On Ores and Minerals, they ditch the giddy sounds of their early material and adopt a broader palette.

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