Zeros - The Soft Moon
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length release for the San Francisco band led by Luis Vasquez.
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. 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.
  3. Nov 2, 2012
    70
    Vasquez's knack for atmosphere was there from the beginning, but he's becoming a better, more defined songwriter.
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. Oct 30, 2012
    50
    All these songs drown together, dissipating like wet Kleenex as soon as they're done.

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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 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. Collapse