Zeros - The Soft Moon
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 30, 2012
    88
    It's a minimalist approach that started on the Soft Moon's outstanding 2010 self-titled debut full-length, and continues here with each composition taking on an overall instrumental feel despite the occasional presence of lyrical accompaniment.
  2. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    While the fury he displayed on Total Decay is sometimes missed, by the time "sdnE tI" brings the album full circle (or is that full zero?), it reveals Zeros as some of the Soft Moon's most fully realized and satisfying music.
  3. Apr 25, 2013
    78
    This sophomore effort sheds off the fat and pins down his point: clout, capital, and dedication bubbling over into a synth-pop opus so deliciously evil and devastatingly singular it deserves its own cult.
  4. Oct 30, 2012
    75
    Vasquez certainly isn't tiring of this, as he's fine-tuned his sound even further so it reflects its influences, yet still allows him to chase his personal muses.
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    While the lack of any sound less than 30 years old does occasionally grate, Zeros ends up capturing a sinister cinematic vibe than John Carpenter would be proud of. [Jan 2013, p.82]
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    70
    Its intensity has style, whatever Zeros lacks in substance or license, and an enjoyably infectious pulse that's consistent up until the final bits of backwards sound rotates during ƨbnƎ ƚI.
  7. Nov 9, 2012
    70
    They leave Soft Moon's second album on a multi-faceted, adventurous note, though one that remains dark and eerie.
  8. Nov 5, 2012
    70
    The echoic wisps and nebulous smoke clouds from their first album have been significantly dialled-back, resulting in a more taut, wiry sound that feels both more focussed and more sinister.
  9. Nov 2, 2012
    70
    Vasquez's knack for atmosphere was there from the beginning, but he's becoming a better, more defined songwriter.
  10. Oct 30, 2012
    70
    They are a group that exist solely to make abstruse, dark and head spinning noise. As such, Zeros accomplishes its goals very well.
  11. Jan 4, 2013
    65
    It's a clever set, no doubt, and ably built. But for the Soft moon's work to sound weightier, Vasquez may need to push his limits more aggressively. [No. 94, p.59]
  12. Oct 31, 2012
    65
    The main surprise on Zeros, though, is that this still sounds like a solo project from Luis Vasquez, rather than a full band effort.
  13. 60
    Not quite accessible to the unsuspecting ears, Zeros appeals in that inexplicable, morose way, propelled by a certain pleasure entwined with the chaos of the uncertain.
  14. 60
    The changes aren't especially radical, but they're noticeable--and it frequently feels like Vasquez has nudged over a line he might have done better to shy away from.
  15. Nov 1, 2012
    60
    The result often sounds claustrophobic, though it's also much fuller than Soft Moon's earlier work.
  16. Nov 12, 2012
    50
    The Soft Moon's sophomore album Zeroes is an experimentation in industrial sound that doesn't fully hit the mark.
  17. Oct 30, 2012
    50
    All these songs drown together, dissipating like wet Kleenex as soon as they're done.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. VDS
    Nov 19, 2012
    7
    Very similar to the self-titled debut album, but that's ok because I liked that record too. In a nutshell, this is sort of industrial meetsVery similar to the self-titled debut album, but that's ok because I liked that record too. In a nutshell, this is sort of industrial meets goth, with very little or no vocals. What words there are tend to be mixed right down, and that suits the music perfectly. There are interesting sounds throughout, from chorus heavy bass to howling, distant synths. Everything's been run the effects processor again and again, however that's not a criticism. If there'd been something to distinguish it a bit more from the first record, then the score could have been higher. Having said that though, this is very listen-able to-able, and I'll certainly be in line for the next offering. Full Review »