This review is from: Shine a Light (Audio CD)
Constantines are a great band. If you haven't heard them, go and pick up any of their other three albums, all of which are amazing. I really would suggest leaving this one for last though.
Their first, self titled record is a brilliant, angular piece with a heavy dose of punk in it. This album just seems to be a weak attempt to replicate that- everything's practically the same, but just not as good. That's really the only way I can describe it.
The subsequent records, Tournament of Hearts and Kensington Heights, are a much more interesting listen. The band has moved on musically with a sound reminiscent of Broken Social Scene in places.
I suppose this isn't necessarily a bad album; there are some decent songs there, but being surrounded by others which are enormously superior really highlights its flaws.