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John Maus

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

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If you aren’t already familiar with John Maus, I suggest you check this man out. I was lucky enough to see a performance of Maus after the Phoenix concert back in September. Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek even helped him out with his show. It was energetic enough to make me think of Iggy Pop – he even hit himself in the head with his mic – YES! It sounded like David Bowie, Nick Cave, and Ian Curtis with warped backing tracks. It was utterly captivating. Maus has also performed with the likes of Animal Collective, Panda Bear, and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. According to a lot of reviews, he isn’t so loved though:

REVIEWS OF ‘SONGS’ (2006)

It took this Ariel Pink cohort five years to write and record his debut album, and only five minutes to become more annoying than Ariel Pink.
– CMJ

For me, this is just too weird. The first couple of tracks make this the most skip-able album of 2006.
-Subba Cultcha

Apparently, Maus spent five years working on this album, which is a shame because, frankly, its awful.
-Vice

There isn’t one song you could call ‘good’ on the whole album.
-Music Zine

Overall, I can’t recommend this album even as a novelty listen. Maybe I just don’t get it. It seems as if Maus sabotages practically any hint of an interesting melody, lyric, or instrumental part with a blatantly grating one at almost every turn.
-Indie Workshp

Maus’s baroquely deadpan voice – and thats being polite – effectively spoils many a song. Some will hear a little Nick Cave in it; others will hear a man crapping out of his mouth.
-Drowned in Sound

If it is supposed to be funny, it is not. If it is meant seriousy, then Maus needs some SERIOUS help.
-Another Zine

REVIEWS OF ‘LOVE IS REAL’ (2007)

His music now lacks the surreal, jarring juxtapositions that made his earlier work such a rewardingly confounding experience. Maus seems content to sing his heart out instead of rattling cages, which is rather a shame.
-The Wire

That’s okay! Fast Money Music loves him! It helps that he’s from Minnesota too.

John Maus – Do Your Best

John Maus – Rights For Gays

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