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Supermayer Save the World

  • Words: Doug Morton
  • Label: Kompakt
  • XLR8R Rating: 6/10

There’s no denying Michael Mayer’s and Aksel Schaufler’s pioneering genius, but things have taken a turn for the zestless on their Supermayer collaboration. In keeping with its comic-superhero get-up, Save the World is more novelty than substance. Tracks like “The Lonesome King” and “Us and Them” play like the soundtrack to some corny Eastern Bloc cartoon, and “The Art of Letting Go” follows suit on the level of a bad ’80s sitcom, trading Kompakt’s signature free-spirited chic for a deflated knock-off of the real McCoy. “Cocktails For Two” sports a pleasantly relaxed melancholy and “Two of Us” does admittedly rock with its monstrous, granulated bassline (despite the xylophone element), but the rest is pretty uninspired.

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