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The Only Ones

The Only Ones

1978

The Only Ones

Album Summary

The Only Ones is the debut studio album by English power pop band The Only Ones, released in 1978 by Columbia Records. It was produced by the Only Ones themselves, with the assistance of Robert Ash and was mixed at Basing St., Escape and CBS. The album was re-released in Europe in 2009 on Sony Music Entertainment, featuring rare bonus content. The reissue was a CD which comprises 13-tracks. It includes the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2" mix tapes; alongside three bonus tracks.

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Rating

2.95

Votes

4696

Genres

  • Pop
  • Punk
  • Rock
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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Half of it sounded like credit music for a forgotten 90's sitcom, and the other half felt like a promising demo that was never worked on afterword. It felt like it was almost good a lot of times, but then just fell kind of flat.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

At start it seemed quite generic, but the later songs were interesting 3.5

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Regular ass 70s music lmao idk what to tell you. Songs to play in the background for sound that won't distract you too much if you're doing work but you want lyrics.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Holy shit… that was awesome. This is exactly what I was looking for on 1001, bangers that were never on my radar. This album had a bit of Telivision, Roxy Music, Bowie, Violent Femmes and Of Montreal. First song was a good reforestation of the rest of the album, genre mashup, sounded like Roy Orbison mixed with Television. This album has everything I want, Proto punk, good breakdowns, solid recording and fidelity. What an impressive big sound and on top of that Horns and Keys, and in that way predicts and transcends punk and post punk. Loved it. Saved it. 5.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Really great, interesting, mix of punk, power pop and psychedelia.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Not a bad album, just wasn’t my cup of tea. I still may have to give some of their other albums a listen.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Um album Ok, um pouco genérico.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Je pense que ce groupe a fabriqué cet album en visant le 3 étoiles sur le générateur et qu'il a plutôt réussi son pari. On peut citer dans ce sens le refrain du morceau "Another girl, another planet.": "♫ Nous tout ce qu'on veut c'est pas grand chose, qu'on nous donne la note de trois sur le générateur, on n'a pas tellement plus d'ambition, na-na-na-na-na-na, Hey Jude...♫"

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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

I got excited when the opening track started... ooh this band's pretty solid, nice production, ooh tasty chord changes. THEN the dude started singing. Jesus H. Christ. I'd bet ya the members of his band thought he was total shite too, just learned to enjoy playing together and TRIED to turn his mic down bit by bit by bit by bit.

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Mon Sep 07 2020
5

Awesome blend of classic late 70s punk (NY Dolls-ish) and 2nd wave alt (Violent Femmes). Brand new band for me.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Very Great Album

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Must listen punk, excellent songs front to back

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

9/10, surprisingly great songs really diverse genres and very fun sounds great execution all around

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

I sort of enjoyed it.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

This was a great listen - like the Velvets after taking some happy pills. Excellent.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

Soft jazz for cowboys.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

There have been some great oblique paeans to heroin over the years (Golden Brown and There She Goes spring immediately to mind) but Another Girl, Another Planet is maybe the absolute best. I saw Peter Perrett live for the very first time only a few years ago and it gave me a warm glow to see that he'd not only survived his addictions but was also producing decent music in his bus pass years. Meanwhile, back in 1978, Perrett's New York nasal drawl belied his Camberwell roots and the Only Ones' blistering rockers aligned them with punk and new wave even though this is a real melting pot of an album with do-woopy and jazz-tinged flourishes and plenty of genuinely involving moments which sometimes bring Graham Parker and the Rumour to mind. I've never actually heard any of their other albums which is odd really because this one is enormously rewarding.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Surprised with the Libertines vibes. I mean these are all bangers. Really good fun

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Pretty good

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Very surprised I've never listened to this before. Reminds me of the Undertones, Buzzcocks, a little Television. Never knew The Whole of the Law was not a Yo La Tengo original (and I like the YLT version better).

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

First saw this band on 3rd September 1977 supporting the Stranglers at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on the first date of the 'No More Heroes' Tour. Was impressed then, and grew to love this band.. What a great devut album, although their masterpiece in my opinion is 'Even Serpents Shine'.

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

I liked it, should definitely listen again

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Smooth garage rock like this is a treasure

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Enjoyed. Too peppy for work though

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Nice find! "Interesting funk" My favorites are the least-popular (according to Spotify)

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

This has some of those lazy sparkle-pop vibes that bands in the 2010s were going for, and it definitely works. I like this, sometimes low-fi lite, sometimes psychedelic and surf-rocky, always with that classic 70s feel that it just can't shake.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Very cool precursor to things that I have liked for a while.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

What a fun little gem I've never heard before. Adding this to the regular rotation.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

I've always had a soft spot for So You Want To Be A Rock 'N Roll Star, with it's comically rolling bassline, Latin beat and sardonic lyrics. Have You Seen Her Face has a lovely vocal arrangement and is Beatlesque in the best sense. My Back Pages is a stellar Dylan cover. And the Byrd's harmonies are just gorgeous. At their best, the Byrds' combination of folk rock, country, psychedelia and pure pop is a delight. But I'm sorry to say that Younger Than Yesterday is not a very good album. The attempts at psychedelia here are amateurish and juvenile, ruining the otherwise fine C.T.A. - 102. Roger McGuin's attempts at lead guitar throughout are an embarrassment. And other than the first two songs and the Dylan cover, the songwriting is weak. Two stars for the three strong tunes mentioned, zero stars for the rest. 2/5

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

There's a couple of standout songs here.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Drive rock music with a gravelly voice

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Alt Punk in beiden Sinnen des Wortes Alt Geil!

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Never heard of this band before. Seemed pretty good after on listen. I didn’t realize that “The Whole of the Law” was their song; only familiar with Yo La Tengo’s version.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Me fue difícil, en momentos me pareció promedio, pero en momentos pensaba que para la época el disco es muy bueno. Lo tuve que escuchar varias veces, pero eso mismo fue lo que me orilló a darle 4 estrellas, si no hubiera pensado que valiera la pena no lo hubiera escuchado varias veces.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Good album I enjoyed all the tracks. Another discovery from this list. 4.3

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Good voice It's good Sounds like Magazine Warrants repeat listens It's excellent

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

Pretty good! This the 8th album I've listened to for the 1001 Albums List, and it's the first one where I've just completely never heard of the band. I really enjoyed it though! Just some fun 70s punk music. I might end up going back to it sometime. Definitely glad I heard it, even though nothing completely blew me away.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Great album. I was only familiar with Another Girl, Another Planet Good punk music that doesn't make me feel too intimidated.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Great album. Can't believe I've never even heard of the band before. Nick Lowe vibes. Another Girl, Another Planet reminded me of something, but then I found out Blink182 covered it - seems right.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

First time hearing of this band...enjoying the sound. Serious Television vibes. Seems like they would also have influence on future BritPop (Pulp esp.). 4/5

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Good

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Nice discoverment

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

My heart and soul! Everything I love in rock in one album. Riffs, solos, fast tempos, punk, hard rock, and pop in one. Loved it. Great rock songs. Would only knock on the vocals, could have been more passionate.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Oh wow! Who turned up the drama to eleven?! That first track is terrible with those operetta voice and lovesick lyrics. Fortunately the balance of the album doesn't follow that first one "The Whole of the Law". I love the diversity of instruments used on the record, and the raw guitar with short breakouts like the one that opens City of Fun. However, please save us the 'my voice is awesome lemme show you my vibrao skills' crap. I don't care about any of that and I can't imagine any of your fans do either. I'm kind of a sucker for this era of intelligent lo-fi polished punk from the late 70s. I'd never heard of The Only Ones and happy to have been turned on to them.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Cool, a good find. Not all songs were great, but I enjoyed the punk vibes with good musicianship

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Some really great songs, particularly of course Another Girl Another Planet

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Really good album, with a few brilliant songs. Another girl, another planet was the stand out for me, with The whole of the law, Creature of doom, and As my wife says, all very enjoyable. Not sure it's quite a five 🌟, but a solid 4 🌟 effort. I loved it

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

This was really great! Never heard of this band before!

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Pretty great - power pop. I’m with it.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

An interesting one

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Another Girl... is a banger. Some brilliantvtracks toward the end

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Not bad, enjoyed the listen

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Never heard before and would probably listen again

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Pretty solid, sounds like it was an influential album

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Solid album, worth vinyl possibly

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Nice pink vibes. Overall pleasant to listen to but missing an x factor

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Thu May 12 2022
4

I'm used to the phenomenon where you can't really perceive any accent in (English-language) singing so it's always feels a little weird when someone sounds super British. Enjoyed the album tho

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

I expected little, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Grato descubrimiento. Power popnew wavepunk rock. Finales de los 80.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

New wave. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

This is good, from a band iv never heard of. Recognised the song another girl another planet from the blink 182 cover. Good mix of punk and pop can see me coming back to this and having the potential to make my wider rotation.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

This surprised me, if only because I was unfamiliar with this group until yesterday. But this is solid punk with a power rock tinge, and I could see this being a solid gap between the Ramones and Cheap Trick back in the day. I don’t think they got a chance in the states, though. B

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Quite good album. Reminds me of something like T. Rex but with more punk feel. 3.75/5

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Good power pop from an obscure band. Only so much could be done with the genre at the time, since bands like Jellyfish and the Posies were still several years away.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

First listen. Never heard of the band and was pleasantly surprised. Add d the album to my library.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Good, can see where some of the younger bands get their inspiration

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Suena a todo y a nada. A ratos se escucha muy viejo, punk promedio y luego parece una banda que salió hace 3-4 años. Creo que sin saberlo muchas bandas actuales tienen influencia de otras bandas que fueron insipiradas por The Only Ones. 3.5 que subo a 4 porque en realidad está bueno, aunque ninguna sobresalga.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Is it new wave? Is it punk? Is it pop? I don't know and I honestly don't care if the product is as fun as The Only Ones. Peter Perrett is terribly British and half the time it sounds like he's only half invested in recording the songs - but somehow it only adds to the experience. Songs like "Another Girl, Another Planet" and "Language Problem" are especially fun with Perrett really showing off on the latter. On the other hand I'm not quite as interested when they go for a more straight on punk(ish) approach like on "City Of Fun". Huge praise for keeping this at a length of barely more than half an hour. Thight and with absolutely no time for bullshit.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Previously unfamiliar with both artist and album, I felt this was a very accesable introduction to The Only Ones. The melodies are on point and unlike many punk and new wave bands of their era, the musicianship is top notch. The standout track is 'Another Girl, Another Planet' which is insanely catchy while still carrying a lo-fi garage sound. No wonder it apparently became their signature song. 'City of Fun' is another catchy one, and 'Breaking Down' sees the group going full jazz with groovy 70s keys. The Only Ones might have been long forgotten along with the vast majority of their contemporaries if not for their capabilities behind their instruments. Moments like the tight 'Creature of Doom' and THAT GUITAR on 'Language Problems' make this album a very nice acquaintance indeed.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

I’d never heard of this band, another hole in my U.S.-centric knowledge of pop music culture. I liked this a lot, though the vocal delivery bordered on a territory of affectation I dislike, and struck me as the weakest component of the music. I’d like to spend more time with this band and get to know the lyrics, which I wasn’t giving much concentration.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

never heard this before and really enjoyed it.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Pretty solid classic rock!

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Pretty great 70s pop punk. Didn't know it but like it.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Really enjoyed this. The beast is a beast of a song

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Fri Jan 01 2021
3

Really cool shame I couldn’t find the whole album.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

There are just enough songs on here that are just a bit meh for me to give it 4 stars, but it's damn close. This is fun.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Bit boring, Another Girl, Another Planet added a star though

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

I liked this

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

7

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

I didn't realise that planet one was these guys

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Wed May 19 2021
3

I liked this. The guys voice is a bit annoying though

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Good melodies. I feel like they influenced future bands

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Nice old-school rock

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Another Girl, Another Planet is a killer track.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Just because one song is well known and popular, doesn't make the album good. It was just okay.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Well the hit is a hit for a reason right?

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Semibängeri Emt.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Kannte ich bislang überhaupt nicht! Für ne frühe Punk(?)-Platte erstaunlich differenziert und vielseitig. Launisch und auch angenehm weird. Gute Mischung aus Partytracks und Introversion. Jetzt weiß ich, wo sich z.B. Ezra Furman den Most geholt, aber bestimmt auch Steve Malkmus gut zugehört hat, und natürlich die Manics. Favourite Track nach zweimaligem Durchhören: The Beast. Fast schon The-Who-mäßig bombastig in manchen Passagen auch, hätte ich nicht erwartet. 3,5 gibts dafür gern!

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

5

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

3.8 - a solid entry in the androgynous David Bowie-inspired post punk catalog. Slinky and muscular guitar work, sneering vocals.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Track 2 great, the rest pretty good

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

The only ones, wiec po tylu dniach wreszcie powrot na wyspy, tym razem cos nieznanego, bo nazwa bandy nie mowi mi nic, guglowanie wikipediowe wskazuje na bande ktora dosc szybko sie skonczyla, bo w ciagu 2 lat wydali 3 albumy, a potem malo o nich bylo slychac, material jest krotki, bo zaledwie 33 minuty, 41 w edycji deluxowej spotifaja, gdybym mial klasyfikowac gatunkowo, to strzelalbym w jakis luzny punk, ale discog podpowiada zeby nakierowac sie bardziej na power pop i ma to sens, bo material brzmi jak cos co juz sie slyszalo, nie jest to ciezki odsluch, a raczej przyjemnie dla ucha granie, gitarki daja rade, tak samo drumersy, pojawiaja sie takze wstawki klawiszowe, a nawet trabki, jak na the immortal story, wszystko brzmi tak jak brzmiec powinno, ale jednak nie czuc czegos co wyroznialoby ten material od X wyspiarskich punkowo popowych plyt, no moze wokal perretta, ktory gra takze na gitarce i klawiszach, te wokale wydaja sie byc rozciagane, wyrzucane z jakims brakiem entuzjazmu, a moze raczej rozmarzone, ale jednak jest to chyba rzecz ktora najbardziej zapamietam, bo niestety nie moge napisac tego samego na temat liryki, bo ciezko doszukac sie czegos glebokiego, o ile brzmieniowo ta plyta przypomina mi marquee moon, to lirycznie nie ma do niej startu, najlepszymi momentami na plycie jak dla mnie sa instrumentalne przerywniki, nawet nie koniecznie solowki, ale takie momenty jak koncowka wspominanego the immortal story, ktora pokazuje kunszt skillsowy calej grupy, kawalkami ktore wrzuce na plejke bedzie w pierwszej kolejnosci najbardziej popularny trak bandy, to jest another girl, another planet, ktory zdecydowanie wyroznia sie na plycie, a kawalek zyskal drugie zycie w 2k07 w takim stopniu, ze nawet banda sie reaktywowala i nastepne 10 lat koncerowala, kolejnym pickiem bedzie creature of doom, dziwny material z jednej strony dobrze sie go slucha, ale czuje ze szybko wyleci mi on z pamieci

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

"I used to have the notion I could swim the length of the ocean If I knew you were waiting for me" (The whole of the law)

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Fri May 07 2021
3

I had in my mind that these guys were a one hit wonder.... after listening to the album my opinion hasn't changed

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Didn’t like their voices but enjoyed the music

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Ahh I remember I had another girl another planet saved on my ‘creative zen MP3 player’ it was 4GB and it broke in the first six months of ownership so you could only skip forwards and not back. So if you wanted to listen to a song you had to scroll all the way forwards until you finally reached the track. Sometimes you’d over shoot and have to start the whole process again. Luckily ‘another girl, another planet’ was at the start of the list because it begins with A

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Wed May 12 2021
3

This was good. Enjoyable, some really good songs in there.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

The English Television? Would've been funny if they called themselves the BBC. This album was pretty great, and it's too bad I kept thinking I should be listening to Marquee Moon instead. I wish I could temporarily erase all context and just enjoy this record in pure blank space. They're not that similar to TV anyways. The guitars are more classic rock here. The singer is more punk here. The songs are more straightforward. If Television didn't exist we'd all spend more time outside and this band would be The Only Ones doing this cool post-punk-alt-pop thing. B+

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Cool, vous avez rien inventé

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

will listen soon too

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Uplifting but not sappy, thoughtful but not melancholy.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

6/10

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Good stuff but very samey

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Surprisingly melodic guitar rock album often tinged with jazzy influences. There's some quite sophisticated musicianship here that help to elevate this above standard punk-rock fare.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

I recognised one song and the others were nicely rocky

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

Its quite good, but I think I'd only listen to it again for "Another Girl, Another Planet"

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

I'm not sure how I feel about this album.

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Don’t like the vocals

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Just okay

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

I knew one of their songs, who knew?? It was ok but not amazeballs

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

ja ik kan het weer appreciëren maar weer goed voor achtergrond en niet iets waar ik terug naar ga luisteren, hier en daar kwam er toch een lekker gitaartje tussen - zoals peter and the pets

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Tue May 11 2021
3

very reminiscent of that friendly voice punk sound. easy to listen to, but maybe not as interesting for me.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
3

that was interesting, for sure. i'd never heard of them, and my immediate reaction was to think the violent femmes had released a VERY early album. i liked it overall, although it kind of wore on as it went.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

This was no too bad. Got a bit sick of the lead singers voice, but would listen to again.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Some great guitar and arrangements, occasionally cresting into jazz, ska, and other genres. Songwriting and lyrics are good, but the nasally drawl is more annoying and distracting than edgy and ironic. Seems like they would be a great live band where they could jam out at more length.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Never heard of these guys. A 1978 title album. The whole vibe is Bowie/Lou Reed for sure: vocals, saxophone and the like. The Whole of the Law - Slow love song, but, "whole of the law," makes me curious. He's in love. He had to contact this person, and that's the whole of the law? Another Girl Another Planet - I get a Cars vibe from these guys as well. A little reminiscent of the punk genre as well, but not fully in the punk vibe. I'm guessing the Cure was influenced by them too. This is their most Pop-accessible song for sure. Breaking Down - They bring a lot of music between the four guys. Speaking of "breaking down," I love that little Doors-esque breakdown in the middle. Good stuff. City of Fun - Good song. No real feeling about overall. The Beast - Feels like Donovan. Definitely about drugs. Some Beatles influence and Oasis definitely knew who these guys were. Creature of Doom and It's the Truth are kind of nothing songs. The music continues to be strong, but the songs don't really go anywhere at this point in the album. Language Problem - There's a theme of the line "talk to you," all over this album. Language and talking. Must be deliberate. No Peace for the Wicked - Complicated love song. Immortal Story - Oooh - got a Led Zepplin vibe in the opening. But the lyrics and vocals take away from it. These guys have a real musical talent no doubt. I definitely see these guys as very, very influential overall, and yet completely unknown to me. And what a finish!

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

🤧

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

they must be pleased with the later life royalties coming form that big hit from these days. none of the rest of the album really grabbed me but it wasn't terrible.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Pretty impressive for its time. It walked some fine line between punk, the doors, pop, surf music....with really good instrumentation throughout and some interesting songs. Very organ heavy. Not necessarily something i would listen to much, but noteworthy nonetheless.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

not bad

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Anyone notice how this album flips between power pop and punk with literally every song (up until the 3 three tracks which are all punk)? What's up with that? Album is coherent, with decent tracks, especially in the beginning or near the end. Middle tracks aren't very good. Nothing I'm particularly crazy about, but those first few songs are catchy, and the last few have that strong punk energy.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

I liked the song I knew, the rest could take or leave. Feels like one of those bands you had to be there to appreciate

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

10/5 Fun punk songs, interesting voice but got a little grating as the album went on. Standout Tracks: The Whole Of The Law, Breaking Dowm, Language Problem, The Immortal Story

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Sadly confirms my suspicion that Another Girl, Another Planet is their only great song. Average indie rock album, enjoyable.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

Grupo de una rola, la netflix.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Haven't listened to this album in an age. "Another Girl, Another Planet" is one of the all time great punk songs. Nothing else hits that high, but still a great album.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Whoa, didn't realize that Another Girl, Another Planet was this old. I've always loved the blink-182 version, and though it may be blasphemous, I prefer it to this original. Anyway, this is a decent album. Punk that isn't too aggressive--could this be proto-pop punk? There are a handful of cool songs on here. I like the quirky vocal delivery, and the riffs are pretty good. Nothing crazy, but not a bad ride. Favorite tracks: Another Girl Another Planet, The Beast, Creature of Doom, No Peace for the Wicked. Album art: Inauspicious band photo. Cool effect I guess, and the text is nice. Nothing special. 3/5

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Different & interesting

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Decent post punk that is a bit quiet. However no son really sticks out, the music turns into background music rather quickly

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

7/10

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

It's fine, but it didn't leave a lasting impression on me.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

70s punk rock. It’s fine.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Some very OK British new wave

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Interesting for the timeframe... Decent little rocker

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

This was fine. After Hunky Dory, I was honestly let down, unfortunately! However, this is perfectly okay background music and was pleasant enough for a single listen. I don't think any songs really stood out to me.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Liked the album, classic rock. Did feel a little repetitive.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

6/10

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Well there was one stand out song obviously. Otherwise it was fine without being great.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

It was alright mostly although didn’t think much of the singer’s voice in some of the tracks. 3*

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

2021.12.16

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Cest pas pire mais je ne reecouterai pas. Cependant ca secoute bien en travaillant et ce n’est pas trop 8mtrusif. Un peu fade pour d7 punk. Tres pop. 3

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

More of a 3.5 rounded down

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

The missing link between pubrock and post-punk. More about PP here... https://deserter.co.uk/2020/09/only-one-peter-perrett/

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Power pop. Fun.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

A great opening track left me gagging for more sax but alas it did not come. Enjoyable record nonetheless

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Ekki eins mikið pönk og Spotify textinn gaf til kynna. Oft skemmtileg lög sem minna smá á Television á góðan hátt. En ég er ekkert voðalega hrifinn af söngvaranum og það þýðir að ég mun líklega ekki hlusta aftur.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Having only heard Another Girl, Another Planet before, I was expecting a punkier album. There's actually a lot more variety on here than I'd expected - and on the strength of the first three tracks, they can actually pull it off too! City of Fun is just thrashy fun, but feels more earned after Breaking Down. It's a good album. Much more varied than I would have expected. Another Girl is the only truly essential song on it, but all in all, really good.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Loud and echoey, youth but with a little bit of somber. Unfortunately for me it's not sinister enough, so I doubt I will keep them in my favorite list.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Like every other Brit Rock album like this: good production, boring and shitty vocals. Overall a pretty boring album

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

Some pretty good 70s British shambly punkish poppy rock here. I liked it well enough and there are some good hooks. The deadpan vocal lead could have used a bit more variety for me to listen to a whole album. Maybe this is better enjoyed occasionally than in heaping portions.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

Fun!

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

Not really into this one…kinda just boring for me. It didn’t hurt me to listen, but it just blended into the background.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Great tune, so-so album.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Another of the British list writers put bands only British people would know on list entry. I've never heard The Only Ones and after today I probably will never again. 1978 is an era during a time of great change in music, and the punk / post-punk sound is probably the most vibrant sound getting changed. The Only Ones sound like they're jumping on a popular bandwagon sound, and while there are many bands that are just as guilty (cough, Sex Pistols, cough) they don't excel at it. This freshman album is a good example of Neo-80s New-Wave-Post-Punk, but it's also forgettable and really makes me wonder what makes it's addition to a list of must listen albums. Overall it's okay. 3/5 for the album. 2/5 for its inclusion on the list.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

aight

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Wed May 04 2022
3

Seeing as how the album started with a saxophone solo, this was never going to be a 5-star review but I really thought it would get four stars. At least, I did at first. But the vocals and lyrics, man. They're so bad. And they don't have to be. Look, I love the Violent Femmes. I really do. And Gordon Gano's (Violent Femmes) vocals have a lot in common with Peter Perrett's (The Only Ones) vocals. But, where Gano's vocals are raw and natural, Perrett's are definitely put on. "How could you possibly know that," you ask? Because, suddenly, at track 6 ("Creature of Doom") Perrett can sing. I had to double check to make sure they hadn't switched vocalists, the difference was so stark. No, that's definitely still the same guy which leads me to the only logical conclusion: the vocals up to this point were bad on purpose. And I can't excuse that. All that said, the musicianship is really good. The MUSIC of the songs is all just great. Perrett is the problem. The vocals are bad and the lyrics are, more often than not, just stupid.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Decent. Have heard 'Another Girl, Another Planet' and I think a couple other songs. This list seems biased towards British New Wave bands.

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Fri May 06 2022
3

Standard pop punk here. No doubt the brilliance of another girl another planet. The rest of the album doesn’t quite live up!

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Thu May 12 2022
3

An alright introduction. They get better throughout their career this is just okay. I honestly was expecting more.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Mid

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Pretty solid early punk - it’s got the sneer and the occasional disregard for melody, but is otherwise structured, in turn, and polished.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

U nekim trenutcima mi je top u nekima stvarno nije pa pada trojka. "I used to have a notion I could swim the length of the ocean if I knew you were waiting for me" awwww 🥺

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

The Only Ones lay down some great bones on their self-titled. I was surprised by how slurred and dark the songs ended up being. Most are short, many are Shaggs-like, but there's plenty of instrumental skill under the surface. On the vocal side, I'm not sure whether to read the lyrics and delivery as laconic or simply underworked.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Well it sounds interesting to me - the first two tracks are bangers but either this album is a grower or it’s bland - it felt a bit more like the latter but going to keep an open mind.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

kendte dem ik, men ok

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Only Ok.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Sounds like this album heralded new wave and having heard and loving new wave this album fell flat for me.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Doesn't hold my attention enough to warrant a purchase, but still a good album. Reminds me of early YLT, Feelies, maybe like a Soft Boys. The Beast is good. Nothing turns me off. Some really cool guitar work. Maybe a little samey sounding song-to-song. Can't imagine I'll remember it enough to put it on unsolicited.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Nice opening with saxophone and shimmering guitar...not a fan of this singer at first. As the album goes on, the rest of the band makes up for the singing, and I got accustomed to it. Overall not bad. Worth additional spins.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Very nice

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Punk, 1978. Of course not one of the greatest punk rock record of that period but a really enjoyable and funny one. Also the song "Another Girl, Another Planet" is an incredibile banger. Maybe too many fillers, but still a very solid project.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

It was fine.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

Some songs were good but it lacked consistency.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Classic punk, pretty good.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Pretty good

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Pleasingly sneery. Liked the punk and noise elements. Hear a lot of the vines in it.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

I’ve always meant to check out The Only Ones more in depth since hearing and loving “another girl, another planet” years ago. But to be honest, that’s the best and only worthwhile song on this album.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

The only ones of The Only Ones I knew was Another Girl Another Planet, which is one of the greatest pop songs of all time, so a good basis. You do fear though what you're going to get when bands are only famous for one song. But what a song. The Libertines owe these guys their entire career, and did the heroin to boot. A lot of Violent Femmes here, but less angsty. It's good, nothing stands up to the obvious highlight, but it does feel like a record that will grow on you with repeated listens, fair few tracks with a lot going on. The final track, Immortal Story, is a banger.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

I really rushed through this album/didn’t pay attention, but from what I did hear it was pretty boring. Nothing really caught my ear.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

The vibe on this album is really good, everything fits from start to finish. However, it's not enough catchy or engaging... or it do not contains anything special to makes it a stand-out album. I had a nice moment listening to it, tho. 3 stars for me!

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

An okay album, nothing out of the ordinary and nothing memorable.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Pretty good. Kinda reminds me of Television and Modern Lovers a bit, but in a more new wave way.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Tja wat was dit nou eigenlijk? Niet vervelend verder maar kan ook niet zeggen dat ik het opzienbarend vond.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

An act I was aware of the music of, but not in a way so as to have actually known who they are. The first track on this album seems like a bit of a whiney white boy lamentation. Lovely sax though. The second track is great, and probably (I don't know yet) the only track from the album I knew previously. The intro strongly reminds me of The Cars, which can never be a bad thing. When it gets going, it's a much more upbeat white boy feeling, pop-punk, being poppier than punk. I like this track a lot, including the showboat guitar piece. Third track is a different vibe entirely. That bass sounds like it could be an organ at times. But then so does the lead guitar. Breaking down is the name of the track, and the drums are great. The vocalist is fits in nicely around a varied, but thematically cohesive tour of pace, tempo and rhythms... And that actually is an organ, isn't it? Fourth track - City of fun - picks up the pace wonderfully. Lots of reverb on the vocals. Showboaty guitars again. Tight bassline. The Beast is another irksome white boy lamentation. Although the bassline is pretty neat. Unfortunately, the rest of the album becomes quite fatiguing quite quickly. There's nothing, per se, wrong with it, it just feels like it doesn't add anything extra.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

I didn't care for this album much. It's an OK listen, British pop/rock band. Maybe a bit ahead of it's time when it came out, but I don't think there's much that keeps it relevant today.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Standard brit rock. Not bad at all but nothing too special

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Qué raro disco, como adelantado a su tiempo de alguna manera. Tiene un sonido que se me hizo noventero, pero es un disco de 1978. Algunas buenas cosas de rockcito pero nada sobresaliente.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Can’t believe blink covers these guys. p good

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Pretty groovy tunes eh Nolan? Nolan: Yuh

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Good but the singers voice was kind of annoying to me Album Cover: Don’t get it 2/5

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Not earth shattering, but just alright.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Denise described it as very much an album she would have discovered from 90a TV show Gilmore Girls. Lane played in a band that played 70s bands.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

чё-то не вдохновило

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

So it's not just a song by UFO Well I knew that as I remember 'Another Girl Another Planet'; let's see what the rest is like. It was more melodic and slower in tempo in general than I expected. I would describe it as soft punk.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
2

it's okay... im sorry, nothing stuck

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Fri Oct 02 2020
2

Decent riffs, annoying vocalist

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

is niks

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

This would be an easy three-star album for me, except for one thing: the lead singer. I. Just. Can't. With his voice. I know that's a big part of the sound, and it's supposed to be that way, but it immediately grated on me as soon as he started on the first track, and it didn't let up through the end. As such, this very nearly fell into one-star territory, but I'm going to leave it with 2.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Okay. Mostly.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Niet echt mijn ding, maar was wel luisterbaar

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