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on 15 June 2012
Astonishingly good debut that is influenced strongly by 80s post punk and early 90s shoegazer bands. Stand out tracks are previous singles & EPs; Scarlet, You're Early and Creeping however the quality and consistency of the music is maintained across all 10 tracks of the album.

To my ears there is a strong Joy Division influence which is most noticeable on Creeping, Sugar and Circuitry. The latter track to me sounds like it could have been lifted straight off Unknown Pleasures. Despite this the music on 2:54 is not as stark/bleak as that would suggest but strangely positive and uplifting no doubt helped by the haunting female vocals.

Other obvious influences on the band's sound presumably include Siouxsie & the Banshees, Curve & Elastica (notably all post punk bands with female vocalists). However the style of the vocals would seem to be also inspired by the folk/rock of All About Eve and Clannad which is most apparent on Ride. The combination of harmonic female vocals and stacatto guitar riffs or grungey shoegazer style strumming is one that works well. Scarlet is a song that demands to be replayed over and over which is the signature of any truly great song.

Despite some clear references the songwriting is original and considerable attention has been paid to crafting each individual track. I am sure that this album will remain on my playlist for sometime to come.
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on 10 November 2012
After enjoying artists like Warpaint, Esben and the Witch, Grimes, Sleater-Kinney and Blood Red Shoes, I was hoping to find another female fronted band that fell into this type of genre.

I came across 2:54 purely through a similar artists recommendation on Amazon and I owe most of this past months listening to that recommendation.

2:54 are a British Warpaint, i'm sure they don't want the comparisons but if you enjoy Warpaint, you will adore 2:54 but with that said, there is no sense of plagiarism here at all.
The haunting female melodic vocals and somber dreamy riffs are aural perfection and more often than not you will listen with goosebumps throughout your body.

Vocalist Colette Thurlow sounds like a less damaged PJ Harvey mixed with the a defeated Melissa Auf der Maur and a tender Shirley Manson but I think Thurlows vocals are without influence and at times incomparable.

The album is so cheap at the moment, i highly recommend purchasing.
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on 9 December 2012
I absolutely love this band and the whole album is amazing. Their music reminds me of the uk noise pop wave from the mid 90's-early 2000's with quite a dark (melancholic) and melodic edge.
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on 25 October 2013
This band got nominated for best up and coming bands of 2012. You can understand why. Very solid bass drum with good guitar work from the sisters. Great songs, good music to drive with. Hasn't got a week tune on this.
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on 8 December 2012
My Album of the year by a mile.There's not a weak track on the album.Why they aren't massive is a mystery.Just buy it!
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on 30 January 2013
This album is a really fine debut, the sound is brooding and sexy, the vocals smoulder and the guitars soar, this really is a fine piece of work. Comparable to a whole range of old bands; Siouxsie, Bat for Lashes, Kate Bush and others. Kinda dark in a sensual way, one for really listening to at night to really capture the mood. Restores hope to me that there are still genuine alternative bands out there, I look forward to more!!
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on 25 November 2012
This has to be one of favourite albums of 2012. There seems to be so much going on here; Joy Division, Shoegazing, The XX, Siouxsie & the Banshees but all blended together with great skill to produce something that is familiar yet different. The album is quite dark but strangely uplifting...
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on 8 December 2012
Saw these girls live about a year and a half ago and thought they were fantastic. This album just proves how good they are, there isn't a bad track on here. I love this album
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on 29 October 2012
A really superb band and a great album, slightly moody and melodic, sometimes haunting. A must buy for lovers of alternative rock!!
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on 9 June 2012
Very very fortunately managed to find 2:54 (with the help of a youtube add!) before their 7 June London date at which they, like their album, were absolutely awesome. The album is breathtakingly good and I will not attempt to review beyond strongly suggesting you listen for yourself (they have vids on youtube) and no doubt you'll be after their tickets soon enough.

The vinyl is good quality and I would expect it to age well; a 320 Kbps mp3 digital download code is included for your iPod (if only all vinyl's were published so conscientiously!).
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