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Ores & Minerals


Ores & Minerals

Second album from London-based quartet influenced by late 80s, early 90s US alt-rock and Krautrock

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  1. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    This record is a testament to reinvention and the ambition to surpass the herds of Peter Pans that plague the broad and saturated indie rock genre
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  2. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    It's the first great guitar album of the year – stimulating, idiosyncratic, occasionally challenging, but most importantly, jam-packed full of proper tunes
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    A showcase of the band's strengths that finds an original band settling in and taking their ideas to the next level of clever
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  4. 8.0 |   BBC

    The decision to produce it themselves may have been as much about finances as control, but they’ve captured their key elements in full colour
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Marvellous, and highly recommended
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘Ores & Minerals’ exhibits a progression of a more singular and broad approach to musical craft and it’s an assurance of the ambitious direction Mazes are heading in
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The work of a daring group of young men who are experimenting with their sound and exploring every facet of their musical knowledge
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    Despite the DIY aesthetic there's a new confidence in the indie trio. Print edition only

  9. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    You can still hear traces of other bands here, but Mazes' sound now is more an idiosyncratic hybrid than an enthusiastic photocopy
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  10. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There’s a tightness and economy to the sound that makes the album sound excitingly different
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  11. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Despite some faults, Mazes have delivered a welcome follow up, and if the standout tracks had been condensed to an EP, they might have had an even greater impact
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  12. 7.0 |   DIY

    To follow a critically and publicly popular debut with something not only different but also less accessible and immediate is ambitious, brave, and worthy of respect in itself
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  13. 6.4 |   AltSounds

    A record on which Mazes broaden their horizons, expand their palette, and explore their passions and this comes through in every facet of the record, it just needs refining
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  14. 6.0 |   NME

    Maturity is nice, but is it wrong to want the fun times back?
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  15. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    It is hard for me to gage how kids who have never listened to Pavement or Guided by Voices might react to this stuff; the genre references are waist deep and smell of stale beer
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  16. 4.0 |   The Digital Fix

    This is an album that is likely to be left unloved on the shelves of many a disappointed fan
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