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on 18 November 2001
After all the hype, after all the praising reviews and after a fair number of recommendations from my friends, I finally got my hands on the Turin Brakes debut LP. And I was severely disappointed. It's only good in parts, these being all the singles plus 'Feeling Oblivion' and 'State of Things'. The rest are all pretty similar, and I hate to say it, dull. I wish I could've liked this album, as I was a fan of theirs when they released 'The Door' way back at the start of the year, but as let downs go, this album is up there with 'Be Here Now' and 'Trailer Park' by Beth Orton. If only they'd spark into life a bit more often on this record, then I'd love it, but it's all too samey in places, it's ultimately skippable and the most likely record in your collection that'll be in the bag marked 'CD and Tape Exchange'.
Having said that though, when it wants to be, this album is quite good. The singles are very listenable, accessable and enjoyable. 'The Door' is silky smooth, 'Feeling Oblivion' will brake hearts the country over and 'Underdog (Save Me)' is the year's unofficial anthem for indie kids up and down the country.
Ultimately though, this LP could have been a lot better. Nuff said.
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