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1 review »I was downstairs making a cup of tea when I heard the sound of what I thought was Mercury Rev coming from the upstairs speakers. It was the new album by Maps. His last album was praised to the skies despite it having a few dodgy moments and not being a patch on his early singles. so what comes next? Well more of the same it seems from the opening track which is also doubles as the title track 'Tur ... »

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Turning The Mind by Maps
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 September 2009
I was downstairs making a cup of tea when I heard the sound of what I thought was Mercury Rev coming from the upstairs speakers. It was the new album by Maps. His last album was praised to the skies despite it having a few dodgy moments and not being a patch on his early singles. so what comes next? Well more of the same it seems from the opening track which is also doubles as the title track 'Turning the Mind'. Spiritualized comes to mind, as does the Pet Shop Boys. Its clear that Maps main man James Chapman knows his way around a tune and second track 'I Dream of Crystal' is a joyous thing indeed and has a marvelous melody. The production, however, alarms. Its a very synth heavy compressed sound with not a 'real' instrument in sight. By the time you get to track three its into full on 80's casio keyboard mode. 'Valium in the Sunshine' is another super tune but again Chapman's unwillingness to stray from the sound or the formula could be what holds it back and the whole thing has a rather insipid feel that can become wearing throughout the course of the album. At times 'Turning the Mind' sounds like the home demos of a superb songwriter, ready to be passed on and fleshed out by a band or a producer. Not to put too many people off but you could almost imagine Westlife turning 'Valium in the Sunshine' into a radio hit (they may have to change the title though). Otherwise this could appeal to fans of M83, Phoenix, Postal Service, Depeche Mode or New Order.

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