John Maus - Addendum
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Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #399 / 598
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Based on 49 ratings
2018 Ratings: #400
May 18, 2018 / Release Date
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Northern Transmissions

For his quick follow-up to Screen Memories Maus creates a record that is even tighter while almost being too similar at times.

The Line of Best Fit

Even though some songs may not hit home, Addendum still packs bits and pieces of what could be labelled as more of Maus’ traditional aesthetic.


Presented as a companion piece to last year’s Screen Memories, John Maus’ latest captures the avant-garde artist at his most irreverent and unguarded.

Crack Magazine

As a record, Addendum is both a surprising collage of not-quite-disparate influences and a whole that nearly sums up Maus’ eclecticism, esotericism and singular vision. Many things at once, it is far from simply a coda.


Through these minor variations, Addendum stays true not only to Screen Memories' distinct palette, but also to its reliable grooves, imprecise structures, and dark cheekiness.

Spectrum Culture

What Addendum lacks is rock-solid pop songs like “Believer” or “Hey Moon” from his 2011 breakthrough We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves. This means Addendum can feel a little flimsier than his past albums, and though the accumulative product is satisfying, the individual songs can feel a little more like sketches than songs in the classical sense.


Even if Addendum is a throwaway record, it's the sort of throwaway record that is far, far better than it has any right to be.

Jul 18, 2018
For a 2018 release from Maus, it's endearing to hear him so in touch with himself. Less reliant on synth pop tropes this time around, this quick followup to his big comeback of last year shows Maus going back to basics with the skills he has acquired overtime. His strong message looms overtop of the bright synth leads and driving kick drums, rather then wafting to the bottom of his production like on Screen Memories. No stunts, no tricks, just more raw and swaying beauty from the genius mind of ... read more
May 18, 2018
*intelligence increased to 90*
May 29, 2018
This is supposed to be a companion piece to John’s album from last year “Screen Memories”. And in a lot of ways, that’s pretty obvious. There are numerous moments on here that it becomes pretty clear that this was recorded around the same time. However, “Addendum” is a very different animal. For the most part it’s much more whimsical and hazy, which does sometime make this come off as unfocused. But in times, the Gothic Pop and Post-Punk vibes of ... read more
May 21, 2018
For some reasons you gonna enjoy some of the groovey synth out here and some good vocal performance, but it's like one track and is repeated again and again and again!!.
FAV. (Mind the Droves - Outer Space - Running Man - Episode - 1987)
May 18, 2018
Existential philosophy pop version of Wesley Willis
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Track List

  1. Outer Space
  2. Dumpster Baby
  3. Episode
  4. Drinking Song
  5. Figured It Out
  6. Middle Ages
  7. Mind the Droves
  8. Privacy
  9. Running Man
  10. Second Death
  11. 1987
  12. I Want to Live
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Added on: April 3, 2018