We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
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Based on 19 reviews
2011 Ratings: #327 / 920
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Based on 143 ratings
2011 Ratings: #58
June 28, 2011 / Release Date
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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.

His most well received album for a reason. Even when Maus plays it safe, his genius approach to music makes it timeless. Even if it doesn't take all the risks his previous works have made, it doesn't need to. Truly groundbreaking synth pop from the brilliant mind of Maus.

BEST TRACKS: Hey Moon, Cop Killer, Streetlight, Keep Pushing On, Believer, Quantum Leap, And the Rain
hbd dylan. i guess i've got a new genre/scene of music to check out and a whole lot of projects this guys got his name on. i remeber hearing hey moon partially before, it's a GREAT SONG. rest of the album holds up neatly.
Mostly for the atmosphere, but by god does it deliver in synth-licious, foggy fall night, 80s Halloween vibes. Big find for me, gonna be listening to a bunch of these tracks for a while now

FAV TRACKS: Hey Moon, Quantum Leap, ...And the Rain, Cop Killer, Believer

LEAST FAV: Matter of Fact
A journey mired in darkness, under the cloak of heaps of reverb and isolation mirrored in the lone lighthouse artwork. Drenched in 80's aesthetic and familiar sonic territory, this is a singular work to be remembered from him.
Simply an all-time favourite. It has everything I need in music; catchy synths, amazing basslines, humorous lyrics and deep dreamy vocals that piece together a fantastic record. This thing'll keep you on your feet right to the end.

Sure, there are intangible Joy Division or whatever gothic synthy post-punk band references everywhere. but that's the fun right? Most of those artists don't make music anymore, but when they did - it was a damn revelation. and it took a lot of talent to go out ... read more
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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
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Added on: July 6, 2011