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Underwater Moonlight

The Soft Boys

1980

Underwater Moonlight

Album Summary

Underwater Moonlight is the second studio album by English rock band The Soft Boys, released on 28 June 1980 by record label Armageddon. Initially unsuccessful, the album has gone on to be viewed as a psychedelic classic, influential on the development of the neo-psychedelia music genre and on a number of bands, especially R.E.M. It is included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.05

Votes

4751

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

I've listened to this and their debut at least once. But I mustn't have been paying attention the first time, because this is stellar. As it plays, you can hear the process punk and new wave being transmuted into what would become the lo-fi shambolic style of indie rock later in the 1980s. I love how they sound rough around the edges, without ever lacking in purpose or conviction. The whole thing is weird and fantastic. On another listen, I can also see the 1960s psychedelic influences coming through, which I hadn't really thought about before. If this group are a throwback to 1960s rock, they are actually improving on the original. I wouldn't change anything, so 5/5.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Soft boys go hard

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

it was rly good but then i saw it was 40 songs and then i was like man was that necessary

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Ayy now we're back to the early 80s English post punk... This was good, if it had been just the regular album and maybe a couple of the bonus tracks that were enjoyable. The melodies were a little lighter and even funky at times, which I enjoyed. Unfortunately many of them were just repetitive hooks, rehearsals, and excerpts. But I'll rate it on the merit of the actual album.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

I mean, I have no idea what I've been listening to, but it's not bad? Didn't listen to all of the bonus tracks, as it takes to album to over two hours and I just don't have that kind of patience currently. I probably won't be listening again, but at least it was decent enough.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Underwater Moonlight is a psych-rock with tones of influence from The Beatles, with note of the sitar throughout. Whilst they haven't had much commercial success, they have been credited as early influencers of the likes of REM. Best: I Wanna Destroy You Worst: Old Pervert NOTE: Spotify had ALL of the reissue tracks on the one album. I only listened to the original 10 songs off the album.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Great New Wave - post punk psyc rock. Glad this came up!

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Such a fun album! Great production and great songs.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Awesome psych stuff

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Tue May 18 2021
5

I knew I’d love this one from the first few chords! Perfectly walks the line between being weird and accessible. Way ahead of their time. Favorite tracks are “I Wanna Destroy You” and “Positive Vibrations”.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

noice

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

Hugely influential on the early 90s British indie scene. Underrated at the time of its release but deserving of respect.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

I love Robyn Hitchcock and I love this album. Not sure if I like this album or his first solo album more but this is certainly RH in top form. His songwriting is so immediately identifiable. The lyrics are idiosyncratic and bizarre in such an entertaining and even a dazzling way. But the weirdness in no way feels forced. It feels entirely natural and just part of who he is. I love looking at the world through his eyes. Some of his word choices just amaze me. I also think the humor is balanced perfectly as a sort of undercurrent throughout the album. It never quite bubbles over into laugh out loud moments but you just sort of smile the whole time. He does everything with such a straight face you sort of believe he really is one of his own outlandish characters. Would feel like real capital "A" Art to me if it weren't so much damn fun. I really enjoy the updated psychedelic sound. Very lean and catchy. And his guitar playing is almost as iconic as his lyrics!

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

“What if The Byrds were a punk rock band?” is probably not a question you’ve asked yourself. The good news is: the Soft Boys have already answered it for you…and it’s amazing. Underwater Moonlight is a whirling, psychedelic, punk masterpiece. The band here is unbelievably tight, with guitar interplay that outmatches nearly all of their contemporaries (The Feelies ‘Crazy Rhythms’ and Television’s ‘Marquee Moon’ would be similar points of comparison) and a focused, yet off-kilter, sense of urgency to each song. Most importantly, the songwriting and construction here is great from start to finish. You have to “Give it to the Soft Boys” (that’s a deep cut for the Soft Boys fans in the house): Underwater Moonlight hits every mark it takes aim at. It’s one of the best, and possibly most overlooked, “punk” (or post-punk) albums of all time.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

mediocre alt nice rock catchy punk nice yhyh but minus points cos it’s not good enough to be that long

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

I listened to it once and was unimpressed. But something made me hold off on reviewing and listen to it another day. It got better, and I can see how it must have been an interesting crossroads between punk and 80s popular music, but I don't think there's really anything to return to after Track 1.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

After listening to this album, I don't think I see the similarities between classical and neo-psychedelic. This sounded like a standard UK rock album from the 80s more than any type of psychedelic genre album. Still not bad though. Fav song: kingdom of love

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Did not enjoy the first 4 songs. Then the album goes into a different direction. "Insanely Jealous of You" sounds like a Lou Reed/Velvet Underground song, I like it. The rest are just ok to me, I definitely hear some early proto-punk/Iggy pop-like structures on "He's a Reptile" as well. Beyond that, it's ok.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Am I glad I listened to this? I suppose. Did I enjoy it? Maybe. Will I come back to it? Doubtful.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Mixed bag for me, this. Very good guitar work throughout, but the vocals are putting me off. In the more melodic songs the harmonies sound quite dated, and I'm just not digging the loose style of the lead vocal in general. In summary, it just falls short of 4 stars.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Mediocre Brit pop rock

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

seriously, another album where i wonder what makes it so special for it to be on this list. so many albums could have replaced this album. its not even "bad", its just so .... blah

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

Remember them at the time and not bad, but now sounds like a pretty bad attempt at copying the psychedelic greats.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
2

Walked away not remembering anything I’d listened to - all quite average stuff

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Thu May 13 2021
2

I didn't listen to it completely because it was way too long, and the songs didn't catch my interest in order to spend 2 hours listening to them.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

I listened to it but have forgotten everything. Can't have been that good.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
2

I recognize a few of these songs from the 80s ie Underwater moonlight and I got the hots but they really didn’t do much for me back then and they certainly don’t excite me now either. Just not my jam, Waaay to long so I couldn’t get thru it all.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

Eh nothing special, in fact it's kind of bland. Has some pretty late 60s rock sound to it compared to when it was released. 5/10.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

Didnt like insanely jealous of you or old pervert.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

Although it does feel like it has this mix of The Byrds and Syd Barrett (that everybody talks about) as a major influence, the album never really pulls through and becomes very repetitive, very fast. It has some cool ideas, but they were already being executed by better post-punk bands.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

p455. 1980. 2 stars. The sound of musicians that were born 10 years too late and wish the 60s had never ended. This sounds like an album of 13th Floor Elevators, Byrds and Ziggy Stardust outtakes, only without the talent. Listening to it you'd have thought that punk never happened. Quite good guitar playing, though it frequently strays in 70s wankage. It's OK, but nothing special - no idea why this is on the list.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

spft

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

Very unique and an original style. The sound and lyrics were somewhat psychedelic. Really dug this one.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

i'm alive to listen to that kind of stuff. amazing

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

had me from the first track, just brilliant

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Absolutely loved it

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Mix Syd Barrett with the Byrds and this is what you get: British psychedelic jangle pop with sixties influences. Great album! Discovered it 25 years or so after its release ..and for me, one of their best songs, "He's A Reptile" is part of the album ..but it is not: it was added in the reissue. The 10 original songs are strong enough to hold their own though and several of them are perfect examples of outstanding songwriting: 5 stars easily.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Right in my sweet spot, post punky power poppy with catchy choruses not trying to be anything it isn’t. Saved to the ol Spotify albums which is criteria for 5 stars

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Really enjoyed this one. It doesn't do anything revolutionary, but the tracks are all so catchy and memorable. Good bops

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Never heard of the soft boys before. This album is brilliant can see the VU influence on some of the songs. I love finding these albums Iv never heard and were never commercial success but influenced so much of the music I listen too.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Unbelievably good album. I’ll confess, I had no idea Robyn Hitchcock was involved with this band before listening this album. But it’s no surprise when the very first track is a hook-laden pop gem like “I Wanna Destroy You”. From there on out this album is an infectiously good listen brimming equally with the adrenaline rush of punk as with the surreal quirkiness of 60s psychedelia, all anchored by Hitchcock’s peerless pop sensibility. Even as the band quite openly flaunt their influences in every Byrds-like jangle or eccentric witticism, this album manages to sound completely modern. Even more than that, it actually represents the nexus between punk and jangle-pop which would dominate on college radio for the subsequent decade. I always thought that accolade belonged only to Pretenders’ debut, but this album has also stood the test of time. A surprise 5/5 from me… P.D. - Kimberley Rew’s guitar playing on this record is astonishingly good. Amazing record on all fronts.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

If you're not the kind of person who gets a kick out of the lyrics in Kingdom of Love, then it's going to be more difficult for us to become friends. I wanna destroy you, insanely jealous, queen of eyes, underwater moonlight, these are all total bangers. Hook it up and feed it directly into my veins. On a sidenote, I love all these innocent wet behind the ears types who somehow think this album is genuinely 44 songs long.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

favourite song: i got the hots least favourite song: you'll have to go sideways absolute fantastic album. robyn hitchcocks lyricism is engaging and funny throughout. lovely instrumentation. an album i already loved before this.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

Meilleure découverte via ce site depuis Head Hunters de Herbie Hancock Prefs: I Wanna Destroy You, Positive Vibrations, Insanely Jealous, Tonight, You'll Have To Go Sideways, Queen of Eyes, Underwater Moonlight Moins pref: Kingdom of Love

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Great, well ahead of its time. Felt the influence on REM, as well as another band that completely escapes me. Another 1001 gem.

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Wed Dec 02 2020
4

First ever listen to this. Knew this band were highly influential, and you can hear why. In my opinion, lacks a truly knockout track, but it sounds great.

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Mon Oct 12 2020
4

I Wanna Destroy You and Insanely Jealous are pretty good songs.

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Wed Sep 23 2020
4

lots of really cool colorful stuff on here (opener is really good, queen of eyes feels like a beatles song but with jangly guitars) but unfortunately i cannot in good conscious give anything with "i got the hots" above an 8.

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Tue Oct 27 2020
4

Great album. Cheap Trick-ish, proto-REM by Robyn Hitchcock. The deluxe version more than doubles the original release, but they made a good choice with the songs they did. I Wanna Destroy You, the title track and the bonus track Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole are my favorites, but all here are quality tracks. Maybe with a little more time listening this could be a 5 star, but for now, it is a solid 4 star album.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Surprisingly good album, liked the sound a lot plus the songs were very catchy

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Another really neat album that just kind of came out of nowhere for me. Almost all of the songs are really catchy, and all of them are good 4/5

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Schöne Brücke der späten 60er zu 80s underground

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Got a bit of a backlog to get through here since the weekend. Liked this, expected typical 80s synth pop but got rubber soul/revolver era Beatles instead

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

A 60s rock album in the 80s.... who knew?

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Weird but I kinda love it? Some Beatlesy moments. 3.5 rounded up.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Production: 7/20 Songwriting: 16/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 15/20 =79 Very impressed by this - full of absolute bangers. And now I know who Robin Hitchcock it so I know who Michael Legg keeps offending!

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

A very good album. Several great songs.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

I like the sound, simple and catchy rock, kinda reminds me of The Beatles in a modern way

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Fun and wonderfully weird. Makes you want to move. Would be fun to run to.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

A pleasant surprise. Some ballsy tunes

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Liked this. Took a couple of listens and the 'extended' version isn't worth the hassle.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Enjoyed this a lot - listen again

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

never heard of them / this. Really enjoted it and reminded me why i'm doing this! 4.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Brand new band for me! Great psyc/power/indie pop. Dark lyrics underneath jangly tracks. Great find. Best tracks: I Wanna Destroy You, Kingdom of Love, Queen of Eyes

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

4/5 actually this was a solid album. And huge one too

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Never heard of them before but really enjoyed this album

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

Definitely coming back

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Fantastic album, psychedelic new wave, was not familiar with this band at all.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

(Only listened to half) It was great :D

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

this shit is fire as fuck , simple as

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Mon May 31 2021
4

A surprise 4 for me. I wasn't familiar with them but I definitely like. And that cover art is wonderful.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Not bad

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

I was late to this album - but then so was nearly everyone else. Now seen as highly influential and regarded, rightly, as a classic.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

This is great. Extremely difficult to pigeon hole but quintessentially British in delivery. Would listen again!

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Really like the vocals and guitar sounds. 1st song is great.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Great album by a great band.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Really interesting album. Treads a line between pop, punk, and classic rock. Ending up somewhere around modern indie. I imagine at the time it was pretty unique. Enjoyed, will definitely listen again in the future.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

This is a great album. Love it. Robyn Hitchcock criminally under-rated (by me). I only had Can of Bees previously but this album way better. 4.5

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

God, this record rocks.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Yeah this was quite good actually. Not what I was expecting really, thought it would be more experimental for some reason. I think I knew one already... probs from Luke.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

I never heard of these guys although we probably all know Rew's post Soft Boys' composition Walking on Sunshine. His one hit wonder band sold more records but his no hit wonder band makes the 1001 list. On the first track, Wanna Destroy You, the band is on fire. What a song! On Positive Vibrations I really like how both guitarists play lead. They don't take turns doing a solo but during some segments continually come in and with a new riff and have very different sounding guitars. This is really well done. I Got the Hots wasn't doing it for me but the Earl Slick-like guitar in the last minute is quite good although for some reason the last 20 seconds are mixed down to almost zero volume. I don't get it. The Psychedelic stuff like Queen of Eyes is kinda neat since it fuses in some riffs of the day but I'm still sick of Psychedelic (Blame the App for sending too much in a short time). The album never recovers to the level of I Wanna Destroy although Old Pervert comes close and the title track is a strong finish to the album. There's also lots of excellent off the beaten path guitar on the less strong songs and this gets the LP over the 3 hump. The cover is so cool it might even be better than the song.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

A pretty cool marriage of new wave and psych rock. I bopped hard to a lot of these tracks, but there are definitely a couple fumbling ones tht significantly decreased my enjoyment.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Wist niet wat ik moest verwachten. De beschrijving zijn psychedelische rock, maar ik vond het al bij al wel goed

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Epic!

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Insanely jealous va megabanger Ja va först sådär att dang dehär låter old skewl å d e e från 2010 men sen kolla ja wikipedia lol

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

What a gem. Awesome punk rock

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Was surprisingly good. Reminded me of a few other artists, though now that I'm rating this a few days late I can't recall who they were. I think Bowie was one that came to mind?

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

When I was in my twenties many, many years ago I knew a girl who was obsessed with Robyn Hitchcock. The few songs I heard by him I didn’t love. They were too cutesy and clever. But this album I really liked. Great tunes. I’ll definitely listen to this again. 4 stars.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Odd one for 1980. Could have been released in 68 or 92, but this is right down the middle. Better than average though, so I’ll sneak it a cheeky 4.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Big Robyn Hitchcock fan from way back. This a straightforward but super English psychedelic rock album

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Note, if you're listening to this on spotify, one of the versions of this album is listed as 2+ hours long. Only the first 10 tracks are actually from this original album. It also says 2010 but the original album was released in 1980. I thoroughly enjoyed this album and could hear its influences in Lou Weed, err Reed, REM, and even a Minutemen track.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Really fun post punk new wave thing - completely new to me - loved it - only fault is slightly awkward lyrics - but otherwise really fun

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

nunca tinha nem ouvido falar e gostei bastante Gente, como assim um album com 40 musicas? Que loucura

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Surprisingly good, but not quite great. Much better than I expected, and much rockier and louder too. Bonus tracks on the Spotify version are actually longer than the original album, for some reason.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Weak 4, catchy and fun

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

I can tell how this band came to be, and I can hear the influence they had on alt-rock bands of the 80s and 90s. "I Want to Destroy You" is timeless. Kingdom of Love musically sounds like a lost Talking Heads song, but lyrically - kind of gross. Positive Vibrations is the most retro of the songs structurally with elements of The Who, The Byrds, and The Beatles. I Got the Hots is a throw-away track to me, but it sounds a little like Oasis did in their throw-away tracks. Insanely Jealous is like alt-rock Bob Dylan. I love the way it builds. I can't fault this album much. I will throw it in my rotation.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Surprised to enjoy this so much! Can see the influence on Pixies/Stone Roses in some of the jangle pop numbers. I Got The Hots / Insanely Jealous the stand outs

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

Pretty awesome psychedelic rock

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Great Robyn Hitchcock

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Sat May 28 2022
4

Brilliant album. Punk energy with a splash of pop sensibility and a generous helping of the surreal. Robyn Hitchcock's clever, wonderfully warped songwriting is a delight. There's nobody else like him in music. This is an extremely high 4 for me. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): I Wanna Destroy You, Positive Vibrations, Tonight, Queen of Eyes, Kingdom of Love, You'll Have to Go Sideways, Underwater Moonlight, Insanely Jealous, Old Pervert, I Got the Hots

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

I have never heard if this band before. This is really good and should be with Robyn Hitchcock and Kim Rew. Reminds me a lot of Cheap Trick.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Really enjoyed it, very fun album. Only listened to the first 14 (like the original album) - would listen again.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Never heard of this band or album. I like it! Really good post-punk power pop. Upbeat throughout. Good guitar parts and clever lyrics. Will listen again.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

I like jangle pop. Not as much as power pop, but I like it quite a bit. I blame the Beatles and Byrds for it. Robyn Hitchcock was on a roll here - writing wonderful, tight pop songs with awesome hooks that stayed in your head long after the record was over. Sometimes this music dwelled on trivial matters. Not The Soft Boys. The songs here are tightly wound and angst ridden. Icing on the cake.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

cover is scary

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Excellent. Never heard of this band or album before, but a great surprise. Will probably require a few listens to fully appreciate. Didn't have time to get fully stuck into this but love the bridging between classic psych-pop and what would become alternative-pop/rock. - 4/5

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

The unfamiliar band name and mildly terrifying artwork led me to expect the worst, but this was great. Has a slightly eccentric and psychedelic bent, but never inaccessible. Feels like it spans about 20 years. Always something interesting going on. Prime cuts: You'll Have to Go Sideways, Old Pervert, Underwater Moonlight

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Really enjoyed this one. Elements of Lou Reed, Stone Roses and the Beatles in there. I Got the Hots and Tonight the standouts for me

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

The melody of the Byrds meets the sound of 3rd Floor Elevators meets the mood of Pulp.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Hadn't come across this group before, and for the first few tracks I thought I understood why. It starts off as a fine but forgettable post-punk collection, but then evolves into something really special. The second side of it is one of the best new finds I've come across in ages. Best Track: Tonight

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Never heard of this before it was a pleasant surprise how enjoyable I found it. Also can people just do a quick google search before listening to these albums so that they are not needlessly listening to 30 bonus tracks before they rate a 36 minute album low for being "too long"

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

I was hooked right away, but by the time hour 17 came along I was growing a little exhausted. Fun and a great rhythm. Psychedelic and different. I had never heard of them but liked the music and the vocals.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Another album that doesn't feel like it came out when it did -- really enjoyed "I Wanna Destroy You" and "Queen of Eyes." They are what elevates this to a 4 from a 3

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Never heard of them but glad this hidden gem of a late 60's early 70's British psychedelic vibe made it onto the list.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

This was another new album to me. Fun very early 80s Brit pop/rock. I could see how this album could grow on me, and I could definitely hear the influence of the Byrds on these guys and the later influence this would have on REM or even later stuff like Pixies and Pavement. It didn't totally blow my mind but it is fun fun fun rock and roll. I could see myself returning to this. 3.5/5 rounded up to 4.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

first listen kinda boring at times, but a vibe, and the bonus tracks were better than the ones on the OG record

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

This album reportedly influenced R.E.M., and you can definitely hear that. I'm just not so sure it stands up on its own. Best track: I Wanna Destroy You

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Liked it will probably listen again. Never heard of these guys before.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

It wasn't bad, but very long. I could probably find a song or 2 to listen to again.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

I didn't listen to the 2 hours worth of bonus tracks but the album was fine up until that.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Enjoyed the songs and sound but album was too long!

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

it was fairly promising quite disappointing

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Su principal pecado es durar más de dos horas. Pero tiene buenas cosas adentro.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

cheeky and kind of fun

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

If give them another listen! Pretty good but nothing caught me

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

There are some interesting sounds here, but it just doesn't come across as a fun album you want to keep in regular rotation. It's worth the listen one time through, but probably not again.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Rock. Punk.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Un merecido 3 es todo lo que puedo decir... HOY GANA LA U EL MUNDIAL

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Rock psicodélico.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

Its very REM. I guess i dont mind it but i dont really like it much either

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

3.4 - An exceptionally literate sound, one that draws from and pays homage to tons of influences. I hear nods to 60s rock (Beach Boys, Beatles) to glam (Bowie, TRex) to post punk. “Insanely Jealous of You” is one of the best songs about jealousy I’ve ever heard. Still, I think it’s overall good but not great.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Verrassend gevarieerd en mooie stem.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Yeah pretty good

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Om Arie's woorden te gebruiken: Geinig plaatje! Helemaal niet slecht dus, ga ik nog vaker proberen.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

There were some good tracks and I quite enjoyed listening to it. A boring ***

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Another psychedelic/new wave band that is pretty good, but just didn't do anything special for me.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

80's but sounds like the 60's. A strange album with two distinct halves. Not bad.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

okay punk rock

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

War ok

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Tue May 11 2021
3

pretty good

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Why is the version on spotify so long???? I Googled the original tracklist and listened to the original 36 mins. Definitely did not hate this. Wikipedia says it's influential as it inspired R.E.M and I can totally see that and I respect it. Probs 3.5 stars.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Bang average. Nothing great, nothing truly shite either.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Catchy songs but just not my style

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Delightfully synical

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Far too long. 2.5 hours. Music is good though. Rock and roll from 80s.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Starts strong, gets slightly more whiny towards the middle of the album and then recovers. Overall good album.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

This was ok but a bit chaotic for me.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

It was alright. "I Wanna Destroy You" was probably my favorite track on the album

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

yeah pretty good

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Interesting tracks here and there punctuated by just enough tongue-in-cheek energy and wild abandon to make things work. Kept me interested enough to listen through all 2.5 hours at least

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Føltes ut som en moderne Beatles

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

Never heard of these Soft Boys before, but they made a good first impression. A bit like an 70s/80s Supergrass. Big points for the batshit lyrics, and decent blend of singalong-ability & post-punky experimentation. 3.5.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

Never heard of this band, I imagine they must have a bit of a cult status due to only having 3 albums and not being around for long. But I'm putting that aside, I won't be brainwashed by no cult. There are some genuine tunes on this album, Tonight is a fun singalong and You'll Have to Go Sideways is a really fun riff where it sounds like they accidentally left a synth track in towards the end. I do enjoy the not overly polished demo type vibe with albums like this one. Final bonus points for some laugh-out-loud lyrics (would have gone for 3.5)

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

When some obscure album from a once obscure artist shows up on the list, it has a backstory that reads something like, "initially panned upon release, only sold 5,000 copies, but everyone one of those people started a band." And often times one of those bands is R.E.M. If the endorsement is from Peter Buck or Mike Mills, I usually end up loving the album. A Michael Stipe shout-out is hit or miss. Apparently Bill Berry never went on record to rave about some forgotten gem. I can hear where R.E.M. got inspired by a lot on this album. Oddly enough, I kept thinking I'd like to hear all of these songs with Michael Stipe's Murmur/Reckoning Era vocals. Actual rating is 3.5, but my appreciation of the album cover isn't quite enough to curve up. I didn't listen to all of the seemingly endless bonus tracks Spotify threw at me. I'm not a monster.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Pop-rock sin estridencias. Batería y guitarras poderosas.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

It was fiiiiine

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

I only had a chance for a quick listen. I didn't like the first song, but after that there were some catchy well crafted pop songs, guitar front and center with occasionally a jangly 60s feel. It's easy to see how this would get ignored in the early days of punk. I like Robyn's voice and it's good to see he's still performing and cranking out albums today and living with a country music singer 30 years younger than he.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

It was ok

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Enjoyable enough, but sometimes I found it faded too far into the background and only came back after a song switch.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

More main character energy! Still nothing that really stood out to me though oof :(

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

Overall good some weird lyrics

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

The Soft Boys make a soft album

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Better than I thought it was going to be. I really enjoyed it and gotta give it another spin.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Can hear the influence on the Stone Roses, OK album

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

OK, but i doubt i will ever remember this band

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

80s, punky, British, not bad

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

A compendium of influences. Entertaining.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

snappy, uptempo beats; first two tracks are fun, rest are more punk

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Not my cup of tea

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Wenn das hier einen Eingang findet in die Liste, müsste jedes Parquet Courts Album rein. Slightly underwhelmed 2.5

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

feels more like a quirky alternate rock album than the psychedelic music i know

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

What a great band name. Ain't never been boys softer than these. This album was not great, but it was actually a lot better than my expectations. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The opener, Destroy You, and the closer, Moonlight, were my faves.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Lovely stuff

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

It's okay, but not really my kind of music.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

It has nice portions, nothing inherently wrong with it. Very Beatles-esque at points.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

First half was better, but overall an enjoyable listen. I think it hasn't really "clicked" for me yet, but I'd give it another try for sure. 3.5 overall, but I will give it a 3.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Glad to hear this, the title track is great and the rest a solid slice of early 80s powerpop/psychedelia.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

This album wins the Creepiest Cover Award.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Some of this was certainly fine. Really long, but then I found out that a bunch of the songs of the Spotify album are re-releases and bonus. It sounds like the predecessor to a lot of the music I listen to now. I probably won't purposely listen to this again...

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Once again I find myself appreciating this sort of psychedelic new wave mostly for the artists that would be inspired by it later. This was too jangly and chaotic for me in many of the tracks. Some great songs on here though.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Like some of it. Didn't like some of it.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

This starts strong: weird album cover, from the 80's, band name The Soft Boys, first track 'I wanna destroy you' ....damn I'm hoping for good stuff. Was sorely disappointed. Better than usual post punk ish, but not by much. Rounding up to a 3 (GENEROUSLY) because of band name and album cover.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

I had a chance to listen to this album while I was out walking the dog. It was a solid album overall, and according to the wiki this album was very groundbreaking and influential to artists such as R.E.M. and The Pixies. There were no tracks that I recognized but it did provide a good enough soundtrack for the walk..

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

A bit long

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

Some really good tracks on this one. They are an interesting band and a lot of fun. I can hear the styles and artists than influenced them and also hear how they influenced others with their own style.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Never heard this but thought it was pretty good. Will dig deeper…

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

No real issue with this, but I didn't see what was so special or groundbreaking about it either. Sounds a bit like the Byrds in the punk era to me with some Beatles and Ramones influences involved as well.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Fun jangly pop/punk sound and great guitar. Album is way too long though. Like way too long

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

First listen did not really do it for me, but relistening a couple of times did help. Underwater moonlight, insanely jealous of you and positive vibrations are the better songs I would say. Rest is kinda okay; didn't listen to all 30 bonus tracks though

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

I think this album has some potential. I think I'd give it a second listen through. At some points the music got irritatingly high pitched and the music sometimes drowned out the singers voice. Otherwise pretty decent music overall.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Pretty solid

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Prima album, had het op tijdens het koken, niet heul spannend

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

This one had some elements I really liked and definitely an interesting listen to hear where subsequent bands were influenced. I think the main downside was the lyrics and subject matter, just didn't connect.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

The Genesis of Robyn Hitchcock's career, but he went on to much greater things than this.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

enjoyed 'insanely jealous of you' - catchy hook that earwormed its way into my head for the day

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Never heard of, or listened to, these guys before. I liked them. Couple of particularly good tracks including 'tonight'. Will come back for another listen ...

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Started to blend after 40 albums but if you dig the vibe then its awesome

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Dug the backing vocals, seems a lot of sneer in this list…

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

It's got a nice vibe to it, this. It's hardly deep, and a little bit one-note at times, but it's an easy listen.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

3.5

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