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5.0 out of 5 stars the beautiful new skool
beautifully constructed album you can tell they have spent time on it and it shows very very intricate non-vulgar rhythms. All in all a superb progression from happy birthday and hello mom.
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Aanand Dave

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3.0 out of 5 stars mmmm?
I really struggled a bit with this. It feels more like the work from a burnt out band or a bunch of B-side releases. Its by no means bad - but there are some tracks that just plain irritate. The same format as ''Happy Birthday'' just a heck of a lot watered down. Disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mmmm?, 5 Sep 2012
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I really struggled a bit with this. It feels more like the work from a burnt out band or a bunch of B-side releases. Its by no means bad - but there are some tracks that just plain irritate. The same format as ''Happy Birthday'' just a heck of a lot watered down. Disappointed.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the beautiful new skool, 15 Oct 2011
This review is from: Monkeytown (Audio CD)
beautifully constructed album you can tell they have spent time on it and it shows very very intricate non-vulgar rhythms. All in all a superb progression from happy birthday and hello mom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Experts in their Field, 7 Dec 2011
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I must admit I only heard about this album through Radiohead, one way or another. Thom Yorke's appearance on 2 of the album's tracks have caught many people's eyes, but rest assured that he isn't the only thing on it worth listening to. The glitchy dance-oriented electronica featured here is divided roughly equally into tracks with vocals and tracks without, though sometimes it is difficult to know where to draw the line. Guest appearances from several other vocalists make this a lovely mix of ideas, all of which thankfully seem to gel together wonderfully.

At some points the album comes across as moody and dark, particularly on "This", with Thom's voice edited together to great effect. The hilariously offensive and parodical "Pretentious Friends" gives us an alternative look into a classier lifestyle, and "Berlin" exploits the only female singer on the album in a rather swanky, swaggery way. One music magazine which I frequently read claimed that "it's the slo-electro instrumental Grillwalker that steals the day", although I rather disagree - "Grillwalker" seems to me to be the most boring track, though it does fit in with the theme of the album. My personal favourite is probably "Green Light Go", marvellous if only for the brief and fragile oohs and aahs dotted regularly throughout the beat.

In all, a very good album, perhaps not a ground-breaking epic but definitely well worth the buy. I'm certainly going to invest in purchasing their back-catalogue in the near future. The beats will have you tapping (or sometimes stomping) your foot, and the synths will often have you hooked from the first listen. But don't trust me. Give it a try and prove me right.
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