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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ribbon
  • ASIN: B004YKB50G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

John Maus lives in his birthplace of Austin, Minnesota. Whilst working towards his PhD in Political Science, he also composes music that taps into melancholic fantasy and affirms that we are all truly alive. Questing synthesizers, tensely strung bass lines and chasing drum machines providing the perfect backdrop for John's deeply resonant reverb-drenched vocal. His is curious conflux of influences partially helps to describe John's music. It's a world where the Germs jam with Jerry Goldsmith, Cabaret Voltaire relocate to Eternia and Josquin des Prez writes a new score for RoboCop.

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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Edmund Bottomley on July 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
In a less humdrum, by the numbers world--airwaveswise--this would be a huge, triple platinum smash, and Stefani Germanotta (honestly, can you blame that girl for resorting to a stage name!) would give her last lobster shoe to bring over to Interscope. Forget about the buzz. Despite his Glo-Fi penchant for occasionally dirtying-up some of these diabolically infectious stunners with what sounds like old time tape-cassette player hiss, this isn't really another ever so slightly loving-hands-of-home Lo-Fi special for Maus. "Bedroom act" it may be still, but it sure doesn't sound that way anymore. Massive, deep space reverb and all, it sounds more like every ultra-trendy, everything-80's-is-new-again trick in the book folded it all into an album's worth of enthralling, super hooky pop tunes that against all odds, and in stark contrast to everything he's done previously, leaves Cee-Lo and company in the console tweaking dust. In short, pretty much a rush from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert! on January 25, 2013
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A Gorgio Moroder meets Vangelis production style with Scott Walker, Billy MacKenzie, Ian Curtis, Peter Murphy, and Brian Ferry providing the vocals. John Maus' music is lush, synthesizer brain massage/
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MusicListener on March 19, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Good, good stuff. Can't believe it's not more popular. I've already listened to it about 50 times and and slowing down yet.
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A short and very easy on the ears listen that harkens back to pure early 80s new romantic/ goth synthpop. Sisters of mercy vocals come to mind as does the cold monotone styles of John Foxx and other lesser known electronic artists of the era.

Its hard not to like this as for this listener it brings back my own teenage years which were spent seeking out the latest European and uk electronic artists and this album pretty much nails it perfectly. Fat analogue sounding synths- pulsing catchy bass and drums- disinterested vocals sung from a retro future that I once envisoned and which never materialized. Its dark but not depressing and it really seems Maus has his tongue firmly planted in his cheek or at least one would hope.

The whole album is consistent in its vision in honor to the 80s underground and at times the songs sound in every way as if they are being produced and played in 1982 London. My favorites include the awkward titled and FBI attention grabbing lyrics of "Cop Killer" and the closer "Believer" which really touches on an aural and emotional level. As mentioned there's not a weak track though some of the more "gothy" baritone vocals can be a little much at times.

I subtracted two stars for album length which is short- 32 minutes and for the fact that it really is nothing more then a tribute to a bygone era. Perhaps that's a bit unfair as it really is handled so well by Maus and comes across as authentic and a good listen.

For fans of 80s electronic music goth Ultravox Sisters of mercy -Cabaret Voltaire mid period Depeche mode Gary Numan etc etc
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