We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2011 Ratings: #245 / 893
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2011 Ratings: #61
Your Review


Tiny Mix Tapes

Pitiless Censors is a sparkling album, a lo-fi synth pop masterpiece that manages to give endless aural delights while still being intellectually engaging, and despite having been caught at the center of a whirlpool of current movements, all of which reflect some aspect of Maus’ style, he has only cemented his identity as a singular, unimpeachable figure.


The most vibrant and toothsome expression of Maus' pursuits yet.

Loud and Quiet
Live, he’s an intense mess, close to Ian Curtis’ unhinged, disco-fanatic of a brother. Here, he’s far more restrained and all the better for it.
Beats Per Minute

I think John Maus is a good pop songwriter. I also think he’s a smart guy. That’s what makes We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves so frustrating; it’s nothing special, and nothing we haven’t heard before (from Maus and from other artists).

Slant Magazine

Generous guy that I am, I'll concede that We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves does, on some level, constitute music. Really shitty music.

Dec 8, 2016
Favorite Tracks: Quantum Leap, Hey Moon (Standout), We Can Breakthrough
Sep 24, 2012
Should actually be 101. My favorite album of 2011
Track List
  1. Streetlight
  2. Quantum Leap 
  3. ...And The Rain 
  4. Hey Moon
  5. Keep Pushing On
  6. The Crucifix
  7. Head For The Country 
  8. Cop Killer 
  9. Matter Of Fact 
  10. We Can Breakthrough 
  11. Believer
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, erik, Alex69

Added on: July 6, 2011