• Band Name: Maps
  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Jul 9, 2013
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    70
    In its own subtle way the album delivers on the promise and intentions of Turning the Mind.
  2. Jul 9, 2013
    50
    As it stands, Vicissitude is the very dictionary definition of mostly fat, and not enough lean meat that you can really sink your teeth into.
  3. Jul 10, 2013
    60
    It's seductive enough, but rather short on bravery. [Aug 2013, p.72]
  4. Jul 8, 2013
    50
    Vicissitude is such a wispy, bloodless record that it’s hard to find anything to recommend about it.
  5. Jul 18, 2013
    70
    The lack of bang, where a band like The Whip for instance might do a good job with a similar collection of tracks, is well and truly compensated by its overall arc and atmosphere, its leisurely strides into a lazer-filled sunset proving climax enough without gimmicky drops and pandering.
  6. Jul 11, 2013
    80
    The good news is that it seems to have refired his creative urges: the songs have an ethereal sense of unease.
  7. Jul 11, 2013
    20
    At every turn, the album serves only to reinforce the fact that Chapman isn't only firmly, almost blindly stuck in the previous decade, but that his music's long-overdue expiration date is the least of its problems.
  8. Jul 8, 2013
    90
    10 tracks of soul-bearing introspection swathed in layers of rich reverb, icy chill and ephemeral echoes of 30 years of synth pop.
  9. 55
    To put not too fine a point on it, Vicissitude is bland.
  10. Jul 8, 2013
    40
    The nods to Spiritualized and My Bloody Valentine are still there, but the world has moved on since then, and unfortunately, it feels like Maps is still stuck in 2007.

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