A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material - RIBBON
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Kyle MacKinnel on August 15, 2012
“Mother fuck, the fear is back,” comes the cyborg croon of John Maus on 2003’s “The Fear.” And he sounds pretty damn excited about that, or at least so far as a macabre philosopher can. A Collection of Rarities... is rife with party favors excepted from 2007’s Love Is Real and last year’s We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, reinforcing the scope of Maus’ songcraft. Selections here appear sketch-like, but the artist’s roots in post-punk drink amply despite the brevity. Kinetic synths pulse under idiosyncratic terror-verse, as Maus delivers hitched to his usual post, slantwise between a dream and a nightmare.