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on 2 June 2017
What a wonderful record! Modern yet retro at the same time. Motorik beats, driving guitars (and banjos), swirling synths and excerpts of films and programs from the 1930 to 1950s all combined to make something that makes your feet tap and bring your inner air guitar out.

I have been lucky enough to see the band live several times and it is faultlessly reproduced. A talented bunch of guys.

You can't help thinking that Herr Dinger and Herr Rother would have sounded like this if they had been born in the UK. Certainly there is more than a heavy nod to Neu! and the propulsive music that they made.
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on 10 March 2016
I love the idea, and it's well executed. That said there are limitations in using public service film soundtracks as your vocal line...but in this world of me-toos and soundalikes, Public Service Broadcasting offer something original and should be thanked for it.
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on 5 May 2017
Public Service Broadcasting cant do no wrong, another great offering....
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on 13 June 2017
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on 29 September 2013
Saw PSB supporting the Manic Street Preachers at The Ritz, Manchester last week. Excellent musicianship and interesting sound, they also went down pretty well with a hardcore Manics crowd. I like this sort of stuff though, it reminds me of Stereolab crossed with Fluke. My wife hated it.
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on 15 August 2013
I love this album. Indie guitar over that classic voiceover of the people who did the public service announcements.
Best track for me is Spitfire, the story of the world war two fighter plane over 3 minutes or so of spoken word and music.
On constantly in the car, please buy this album, I am sure it will not disappoint.
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on 6 May 2013
The first album from Public Service Broadcasting is a stunning debut. The duo have been winning plaudits from numerous areas, I first became aware of them as the War Room EP was being played on BBC Radio 6 who have been championing their unique sound for many months. Having heard the tracks I then got to see them live which if anything exceed expectations. All too often in this day & age the sound you hear in recorded format bears no comparison to the 'real thing'. Not so in this case and I strongly urge anyone who likes the duo to catch them at one of their gigs over the next couple of months, although be aware that tickets are selling out fast.

So, what to expect? Public Service Broadcasting seem to have carved their own niche in creating a new genre of music. Suggestions on what to call this genre would be gratefully received, as although they have similarities to other bands they seem to be making this method of sampling old information films & the like with a mix of musical styles their very own. How to define their music seems to be another issue as they seamlessly move from melancholic banjo plucking to electric guitar with a driving drum beat. All seems apt for the subject matter at hand and you are left wondering why no-one has come up with this splendid idea before.

I'm not going to pass comment on individual tracks as they are uniformly strong with no weak links. If you have doubts then go and listen to some tracks in their entirety on YouTube or the like, but do come back and buy the album. Remember, the more we buy their output the more likely it is that this extraordinary duo will continue to produce their amazing work. The music press seems to like them too with what seems to be a wholly positive response to this album.

As the title says, I just wish I could give this 6 stars at it is the most wonderful, unique and fun album of recent years.
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on 5 July 2013
On paper, an album of electronically tinged indie-rock instrumental tracks with 1930s, 40s, and 50s samples sounds like it be more cerebral than emotional, but there's something about Inform Educate Entertain that gets under the skin. In other hands, the mostly male, Received Pronunciation samples that PSB use might be deployed ironically, or edited in ways that turn the words against their speakers; but here we're given what feel like generous portions, and nothing ostentatiously sneaky in the editing, so the whole work embodies a nostalgia for an era of 1930s-1950s idealism, national collective consciousness, and -- of course -- public service. Of course you can't help being aware that the power was being wielded by public-school- and grammar-school-educated white middle class men -- there are no regional accents here -- and that it wasn't a bed of roses, so the feeling isn't uncomplicated, but there is feeling here.
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on 5 July 2014
"The James Blake(s) of Sample Based Tunecore" is probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever said, designed to provoke a reaction from readers for no apparent reason. Which just adds to the insanity.

There aren't many albums you can keep coming back to but never tire of, but this is one. Getting a full arena at the West Holts stage at the Glastonbury Festival is no mean feat when you're up against one D. Parton, but PSB did it - we'll never know if some of those people were just lost and confused after streaming out of a 'smoke' filled cabaret tent - we just wanted to get away from the crush of the main stage and these were one of the highlights of the festival. 9/10.
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on 6 January 2015
This sampling under music has been done before by Colourbox, over 30 years ago.Try 'Just Give 'em Whiskey'. PSB are very good , but not unique.
Come to think of it, Colourbox would have got the idea from Byrne & Eno's 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts' LP, which was groundbreaking,and MUCH more out there than PSB (or Colourbox).
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