No Mas

Javelin - No Mas
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2010 Ratings: #620 / 855
User Score
NR
April 6, 2010 / Release Date
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Luaka Bop / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

No Mas will probably be best remembered as a treasure trove for future crate-diggers to pilfer.

80
AllMusic
On Javelin's first full-length album, the result of their five years of experimentation is a unique sound that can perhaps best be summed up as "silly vocals and serious grooves."
72
Pitchfork

In the end No Mas can't top those longer mixes, which remain van Buskirk and Langford at their sample-heavy, genre-trotting finest.

70
musicOMH

They may be a faceless dance duo but thankfully their music more than makes up for it.

70
PopMatters

Javelin could have easily slipped past the independent music radar this year. Their pitch was nothing groundbreaking, but fortunately their delivery was. After their demo, Jamz n Jemz, received some pretty decent feedback last year, cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk readied their first full-length for debut through Luaka Bop Records. No Más, Spanish for “No More”, stands out largely because of its production value; the Rhode Island duo created 15 simple, happy songs, each more carefully crafted than the last.

70
Drowned in Sound

Javelin don’t yet possess the same kind of wit and invention of their most obvious forbearers, but there’s enormous potential here.

70
Billboard
It's no wonder "No Mas" leaves the listener dazed, confused and coming back for more.
60
No Ripcord

In lengthening the song lengths and trimming the tracklist, No Mas jettisons the spontaneous, off-the-cuff energy that made their debut so incredibly fun.

60
Consequence of Sound
You have to remember, this music’s just about the fun of it all.
50
Tiny Mix Tapes

Would I be so judgmental if we hadn’t heard the ‘underdeveloped’ Javelin last summer? Maybe not. But despite all its sparkly, visceral indulgence, No Más serves mostly to remind us that maybe there wasn’t that much potential there to begin with.

50
Spin

Full of arcade-game blips and dusty funk grooves, No Mas is frivolous fun, but the grating chirp-rap of “Oh! Centra” feels childish more than childlike.

50
Loud and Quiet
‘No Mas’ doesn’t seem wacky at all – it’s a perfectly okay pitch at The Avalanches. It’s a blue tie.
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#47/American Songwriter

Track List

  1. Vibration 
  2. Mossy Woodland 
  3. Oh! Centra 
  4. On It On It 
  5. Intervales Theme 
  6. We Ah Wi 
  7. Tell Me, What Will It Be? 
  8. Moscow 1980 
  9. The Merkin Jerk 
  10. C Town 
  11. Off My Mind 
  12. Susie Cues 
  13. Shadow Heart 
  14. Dep 
  15. Goal/Wide

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