Parastrophics

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Feb 27, 2012
    82
    They manage to string a staggering number of tightly packed nuggets of melody and texture into 46 minutes.
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    81
    In a graceful return to form, Jan and Andi make it clear that they're as present as ever, ready to jump into the game like it hasn't been six years since we last met.
  3. The Wire
    Apr 18, 2012
    80
    Mouse on Mars's melodic power has been greater across the years, but the textural richness of Parastrophics is unmatched. [Mar 2012, p.57]
  4. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    In an age of musical ephemerality and impermanence (especially in the electronica/dance arena) it's good to know that sometimes innovation and inspiration can go hand in hand with experience.
  5. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    Mouse On Mars are returning in triumphant and rapturous fashion, both sealing their reputation as relentless innovators while basking in the glory as beacons of inspiration.
  6. 80
    A record that pushes a catholic range of sounds through filter after filter, and turns out something at once smudgy and beautiful.
  7. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    Rather than switch directions, or dig deeper into familiar turf, Mouse on Mars sound re-energized here, broadening and brightening their loopy forward vector.
  8. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Mouse on Mars sound only like themselves on Parastrophics, an album that's a rebirth and a welcome return for one of electronic music's most restlessly creative acts.
  9. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Parastrophics is mischievous and atomised techno pop for listeners who think they've heard it all.
  10. There are stretches, most notable the middle third, where the impulse to experiment obscures the user-friendliness, but nitpicking like this detracts from what we really should be acknowledging.
  11. Mar 1, 2012
    74
    When Mouse on Mars are able to fuse their exasperating experimentation with a headstrong beat, it's like the best party you've ever been to.
  12. Mar 26, 2012
    70
    A surreal pop record that gleefully warps the tones and inflections of modern radio tunes into funhouse mirror abstractions.
  13. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2012
    70
    A wicked density of engaging audio elements that practically demands full immersion. [Mar 2012, p.88]
  14. Mar 8, 2012
    70
    Parastrophics is never dull, and there are some great moments on here. But occasionally it is a little too restless for its own good.
  15. Feb 29, 2012
    70
    Mouse On Mars now occasionally sounds like a hybrid of other artists rather than a unique entity.
  16. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    As songs pulse and glow bright in the most dynamic of ways, it's almost bittersweet to see Mouse on Mars sounding so comfortable delivering house music, losing a bit of their identity with each passing beat.
  17. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    This is one record that gets better when you play it on shuffle.
  18. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    Parastrophics is a capable release that can soundtrack a Bacchanalian night in the city.
  19. Mar 20, 2012
    60
    Oddly utilitarian, geared towards dancing rather than listening. This is the type of music that reminds you that iTunes has made 'party' a utility.
  20. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2012
    60
    Still on polyhedric form. [April 2012, p.102]
  21. Mar 5, 2012
    60
    It suffers from the problem that comes from trying to sustain that moment of pure ecstasy: it's incredibly fun, but after awhile it becomes exhausting.
  22. Uncut
    Feb 28, 2012
    60
    With its fidgety electronica and shredded rave, 11th album Parastrophies might've raised eyebrows in 1996, but today there are few Spotify playlists that would unironically accommodate squiggly chip-tunes. [Mar 2012, p.92]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 8, 2012
    9
    Mouse on Mars release Parastrophics is seemingly a snapshot on the duo's take on the current electronic music scene. With hints of dub in TheyMouse on Mars release Parastrophics is seemingly a snapshot on the duo's take on the current electronic music scene. With hints of dub in They Know Your Name, borderline drum'n'bass in Wienuss, acid music Seaqz, and disco infused Polaroyced, MoM offers an intelligent angle on the scenes. All this is spun with a sense of humour and is quite playful, but is not devoid of complex textures and technique. Great album, a must buy. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    8
    The German band Mouse on Mars attacks the music market with their latest album from the border of electronics and dance - "Parastrophics". TheThe German band Mouse on Mars attacks the music market with their latest album from the border of electronics and dance - "Parastrophics". The compositions are completely twisted and avant-garde. Reminiscent of Radiohead experiments - "The Beach Stop", hip-hop "Chordblocker" and its sequel "Metrotopy", bordering D'n'B "Wienuss" or excellent "They Know Your Name" are just some of the interesting examples of tracks on the album. Full Review »