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Not as bad as it might have at one point seemed,
on 20 August 2007
From Rush Hour With Love is a somewhat misleading introduction to the album - sounding like a fully-conscious, standard Republica song; a blatant attempt to keep the people who liked the self-titled record happy, it doesn't really prepare the listener for the creativity that is to come. Fading Of The Man, for instance, always reminded me of Animals-era Pink Floyd - miserable, spacey and quietly unpleasant. Try Everything is a more standard Republica pop song, but I'd say it was a few thousand miles better than From Rush Hour With Love. Luxury Cage, Faster Faster and Nothing's Feeling New are all, well, a bit naff and uninteresting, really. They make up the Dull portion of the album. The next song after that, Millenium, might have been OK before the millenium came and went, but now it's 2007...
However, the last three tracks, Pretty Girl Hate, Kung Fu Movies and Pub Pusher, are all fantastic.
So effectively I've said that 5/10 songs on this album are really good. From Rush Hour With Love's OK, too, so we can call it 6/10. That might sound like "just above average" but I'd definitely consider buying it for those 6 tracks. Shame they couldn't have made it JUST those 6 tracks and called it an EP, really - it would have been a great EP if they had.