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3.7 out of 5 stars
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3.7 out of 5 stars
Up In Flames
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on 20 April 2003
A beautiful combination of contrasts;
Explossive random sounds and heavy jazz break-beats against beautifully soft and melodic sound scapes.
If you like FOUR-TET then this album should be your next essential purchase of this year.
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on 12 January 2005
What a letdown. Comparisons with Four Tet are a little misleading as I don't think the sound is as original or as clean...almost like too many ideas thrown into each track - gets very messy in parts. Indecipherable lyrics and background noise towards the end of each track permeates this album. In my opinion, this sounds much more like Automatic by The Jesus and Mary Chain - but not quite so tuneful (possibly more akin to Psychocandy). I wouldn't be so irate if it weren't for the 'rave' reviews this has been given, I rate it average at very best...if you are thinking about this purchase, listen to a sample first!
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on 26 January 2004
How anyone could compare this derivative pap to the likes of My Bloody Valentine or Spaceman 3 is beyond my comprehension. Where those bands created innovative and challenging music, this does nothing more than regurgitate the kind of sounds & ideas that groups like the Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev were making back in 1991. Has originality become a forgotten virtue? This album is a muffled mess of half written ideas that usually collapse before they ever get a chance to take hold. Interesting to note, it did not feature in any end of year polls, despite it being touted as a classic upon release. Avoid this bland, 5th generation, copyist if you are in anyway interested in hearing 'new' music.
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on 7 March 2004
Refreshingly original. Perhaps the most original stuff I've heard since the Polyphonic Spree.
If you need a frame of reference on this, it's somewhere between Lemon Jelly and My Bloody Valentine with maybe hints of the Beta Band and Spiritualised thrown in. It swirls, morphs, confuses and delights. And it's very well put together. Perfect come down music
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on 10 February 2004
The only reason I have given this cd is for the CD of b-sides.
If you are a fan of early fourtet you will love the bonus cd.
The actual album itself though, did not excite me the way it seems to some of the other reviewers.
And I have to agree, there is no way that this can be compaerd to MY BLOODY VALENTINE.
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