Cougar Microbes Top Albums of 2012: Maps & Atlases – ‘Beware and be Grateful’
Maps & Atlases toned down some of the math-rock that characterised their excellent 2010 effort ‘Perch Patchwork‘ to release their most accesible record to date. That is not to say that the Chicago maestros completely removed the complexities that initially endeared them to us. Instead ‘Beware and be Grateful‘ is the kind of album that “veers from effortless pop bliss to angular rock perfection“.
Cougar scribe Thom included them in his year run down saying “never dropping it’s optimism and fresh sounding production, ‘Beware and be Grateful‘ was a perfect summer album. Well co-ordinated instrumentation at it’s intelligent best“.