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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2006
Though sounding very same-y on the first listen, this album is a definite grower and by two or three listens you will be singing along to this fantastic debut album from The Automatic.

I originally heard this band with their fantastic single 'Recover' and, more recently, 'Monster' and the album lives up to the quality of those tracks.

Particular favourites include 'Keep Your Eyes Peeled' and 'Seriously... I Hate You Guys' but each track has some hook that will make each one well worth listening to.

This CD is definitely worth a listen and a great contender against the usual paint-by-numbers nature of manufactured music.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I like Monster, its a good record. However, the album is full of quite lame tracks and I must confess to getting fed up with the bloke who has a very high pitched voice chipping in with his 'lyrics'. However, I feel that the Automatic do have potential. Not a terrible album but not great. Monster is worth it alone at this price mind.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This superb album from the Welsh quartet thunders and pounds from your speakers, hurling fantastic sounds about the room.

Fantastic singles 'Recover', 'Raoul' and hit 'Monster' lay strong foundations for other superb songs - outstanding ones including 'On the Campaign Trail', 'Team Drama' and 'You Shout You Shout You Shout!' storm about with blistering riffs against strong vocals from the lead singer, backed up with curious yet fantastic squawks from the keyboardist Pennie.

One of the highlights of the album is a pure gem towards the end in the form of 'By My Side' which soars and explodes with incredible power and inspiration - hurling the lyrics "Is this the end of the world????" cast against an acid-like riff which will get you dancing no matter what your music taste!

I'm yet to find a fault in this album and it has been on constant repeat since I purchased it - getting better with each play! An absolute classic that I cannot recommend enough!

Love, treasure and rock out to this album[...].
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on 3 January 2015
good quality cd .price and delivery good
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2006
this is one of the top 5 albums of 2006 ... and probably the best debut album of the year. It is just great music from start to finish and is a "mood" album .... in that it can get you in any mood you like as long as happy is where you wanna be. Obviously Monster is the track we all know and love .... and those that don't love it should stop listening to music and take up chess instead because it is the most infectious song since blur - Song 2 ....but tracks such as Raoul, Recover and Team Drama are also amazingly written and performed songs.

Get this now!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, i like the band and was gagging for this cd, two or three of the tracks are great and the band are different, I think if you see them live you will love this cd but..

.. a few songs sound a bit samey and the constant screaming/ chanting/shouting does get on your nerves a tad, bless him, (clearly unloved as a child!)

So three stars say it all, its a worthwhile addition to the music collection but it won't be a stand out cd that you will be playing non stop, unlike Hard Fi, Coldplay or The Killers.
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on 20 April 2015
Good as expected.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2006
My visits to Wales have always been spent in peaceful enjoyment of the rolling hills or beautiful west coast. So what's turned it into a hot bed of rage for the likes of Automatic and boisterous brassers Adequate Seven? Is it because shopkeepers stop speaking English as soon as you enter the shop?

Whatever it is that's causing this angst, let's hope they keep it up.
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on 17 August 2014
Just perfect!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Don't really want to slag off these lads as I hoped they would be going on to great things, however I have to say that apart from the few exceptions (most notibly singles Recover and Monster and the brilliant Raoul) this ablum is samey, poor and amateurish. Almost every track is the same 3-4 minute blast of rhetoric from a middle-class point of view that seems quite empty and vaccuous to these jaded ears. Monster is at its best melodic; Recover does show a glimpse of better lyrics - though Raoul is the stand out track for my tastes, with some semi-intelligent lyrics coupled to an intersting hook. The rest, well, best left unsaid.

Could've been so much better.
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