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The Soft Moon


Fourth studio album of industrial post-punk from the California instrumentalist Luis Vasquez

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  1. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    However smudged or besmirched his soul is, the beauty of this album must surely go some way to exonerating him
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  2. 8.0 |   The 405

    Despite the album adopting a confessional structure, the characteristic elements of The Soft Moon’s aggression remains. And it all sounds dirtier, grittier and angrier than ever
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    The most complete result of his vision he’s committed to record thus far
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    His bleakest - and most cohesive - music yet
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Criminal will please both fans of the genre and intrigue potential newcomers, of which there will be plenty to this strange, niche genre
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Most of the risks he takes on Criminal pay off, and the record is among his most confident statements as an artist
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  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The ten songs that make up Criminal give us an insight into Vasquez's psyche, and it can be a bleak place to visist
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  8. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    There are plenty of deliciously bitter pleasures here for anyone who similarly loves brooding in that blacked-out, candlelit bedroom of the mind
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  9. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    On his fourth album as the Soft Moon, post-punk auteur Luis Vasquez finally breaks from a whisper into a scream
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  10. 7.0 |   Crack

    The inside of Luis Vasquez’s head is hardly the comfiest place to be shown around. But if you can bear the intensity, what is revealed on Criminal is stark in its honesty
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  11. 7.0 |   Earbuddy

    Criminal finds Vasquez baring his soul at its most ugly over the darkest krautrock and post-punk that borders on the edge of industrial
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  12. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Finds Vasquez plumbing the depths of his self-hatred, which isn’t always as pleasant as it sounds
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