• Record Label: Fat Cat
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 2014
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Sep 15, 2014
    80
    A really strong album that shows Mazes growing in just the right way, adding some maturity and substance without sacrificing the things (great songs, youthful energy) that made them worth hearing in the first place.
  2. Scruffy melodies informed debut album 'A Thousand Heys' and they return here ('Vapour Trails') but Jack Cooper's homegrown themes are interwoven expertly.
  3. Q Magazine
    Sep 4, 2014
    80
    There's a real depth to an album that is brimming with inventive, clever hooks and individualism. [Oct 2014, p.114]
  4. Sep 4, 2014
    80
    Mazes confirm themselves as one of the most exciting British bands currently around. This is the result of what happens when three unique and brilliant minds are given the right facilities they need to make their vision happen.
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    70
    It would appear that every step he takes is another step in the right direction; his is a remarkable talent worthy of wider recognition.
  6. Sep 8, 2014
    67
    On Ores & Minerals, there was a measure of spaciness that’s been lost here, perhaps surprisingly considering the circumstances of its birthing. If that album was a leap, this one is a step, and a gingerly one at that.
  7. Sep 4, 2014
    65
    You never feel as if Wooden Aquarium lets up, and whether that's something that the band have picked up from having to cram as many songs as possible into their quick-fire live sets or just a nod to their long-held influences, it works very well indeed.
  8. Sep 4, 2014
    50
    Both songs [Vapor and RIPP] provide interesting interludes in an otherwise pretty average album.

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