Moderat - II
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2013 Ratings: #236 / 958
User Score
Based on 121 ratings
2013 Ratings: #38
August 6, 2013 / Release Date
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Monkeytown / Label
IDM, Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Resident Advisor

Where Moderat sounded at times tentative and disjointed, II is in every regard a better and more well-rounded record.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Though its first two to three tunes might seem more like Moderat 1.5, what follows is in fact a spectacularly nuanced and intelligent full sequel. 

85
Under The Radar

The introspection allows ideas to flow freely, and moreover the diverse styles of the collaborators this time make cosy bedfellows to create a genuinely beautiful, atmospheric record. 

80
The 405

They tick every single one of the right boxes: it's original, full of titantic rhythms, superb basslines and viral melodies; it may take a while to get going in places, but that's part of it's charm - it doesn't need to thrust everything into your face at once.

80
Drowned in Sound

More considered than the debut, more quietly patient and yet somehow more addictive.

80
DIY

‘II’ is their finest work yet and cements the fact that Moderat have developed into a dance act whose existence should never have even been questioned in the first place.

80
AllMusic

II is the kind of crafted album you just don’t expect from a supergroup or side project as it matches, and maybe even tops, the work of its individual parties.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

II feels like a more confident – perhaps also a more friendly – version of Moderat‘s distinctive style.

74
Pitchfork

The major differences between II and their self-titled debut is that their sonic sensibilities have grown more refined and compelling, and that the world has just about caught up to them.

70
Consequence of Sound

A pall of unrest certainly permeates the record, but II feels of a single entity, one cloaked in fog but backlit by strobes.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

The two sides of its conception are for the most part mutually reinforced by each other as well as taken in occasionally novel directions

70
PopMatters

This trio’s strength comes in playing off of the gradual successes of its composite members, which is why II is such an improvement over Moderat.

40
FACT Magazine

It sounds for all the world like ‘bass music’: polite, rounded, MOR and generic. Out goes Moderat’s teutonic sternness, in come cutesy rhythms and genteel sonics.

AndrewK
80
Apparat´s vocals are a key factor and provide some genuine anthems, maybe the first ones in Moderat´s discography. It also helps that they focus more on melody and choruses, instead of sound design and grooveness. The only setback would be the uneven quality between the first half of the album (mesmerizing) and the backhalf (good).
95
excellent
tha138
70
First a punch then a mask.
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78
Not boring, but there were already better electronic albums this year. There is a lack of ideas and innovation.
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Track List

  1. The Mark (Interlude)
  2. Bad Kingdom
  3. Versions
  4. Let in the Light
  5. Milk
  6. Therapy
  7. Gita
  8. Clouded (Interlude)
  9. Ilona
  10. Damage Done
  11. This Time
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Added on: June 28, 2013