The Minimal Wave Tapes, Vol. 2


Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Jun 13, 2012
    The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume 2 loses a bit of the first volume's vitality. Furthermore, by suggesting that this music can be replicated in any era, the collection betrays its former thesis that there was something particularly special about the historical circumstances that lead to all this music coming into being.
  2. Jun 13, 2012
    It offers no new narrative or stated focus and thus represents nothing more than the second gleaning of tracks from the cloistered minimal wave universe. Still, there's something undeniable here.
  3. A wonky, Teutonic thing full of outré drama and should-be pop classics.
  4. Jul 5, 2012
    Enthusiasts will salivate over another uncovering of tainted treasure.
  5. The Wire
    Jul 24, 2012
    The second set might not be as powerful as its predecessor, but the milieu it conjures is still engrossingly evocative. [May 2012, p.61]
  6. Jul 5, 2012
    Like it or not, the synths are here to stay, and The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume Two adds several more fascinating pieces to the puzzle.
  7. Jun 13, 2012
    The tracks are truly hidden gems, kept from mass appraisal via DIY distribution methods in the '80s, home-recorded cassettes and vinyl. Vasicka and Peanut Butter Wolf's efforts here revive and catalog some truly infectious would-be synth classics.
  8. Jun 13, 2012
    As far as historic compilations go, this is an undeniable belter, successfully capturing music with a very particular energy worth celebrating.

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