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Giant Steps

The Boo Radleys

1993

Giant Steps

Album Summary

Giant Steps is the third album by The Boo Radleys, released in 1993. The title is inspired by John Coltrane's album of the same name, and the record features an assortment of influences — their previous shoegazing sound backed by pop, reggae, noise pop and orchestral sounds.

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Rating

2.97

Votes

3803

Genres

  • Rock
  • Britpop
  • Indie
  • Shoegaze
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Pick a lane, guys! This wasn't terrible, but it is another example of "why the heck is this on this list?". Just some guys goofing around. Why is it that all the bad albums are OVER AN HOUR LONG? Like what is it about mediocre musicians that makes them go, "Let's just keep playing. Everyone will want to listen to this track for six minutes at least!"?

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5

This is a serious, 5 stars, benchmark album. A classic in every sense. The way all the styles are different, yet blend together seemlessly , is outstanding.

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2

Good but tooooooooo long. Liked the dub bass lines on odd tracks.

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1

Boo Radleys is the sound of a semi competent bed wetting student band with no real tunes

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I thought the first song had kicked things off nicely with some winsome harmonies and key changes and a swaggering riff, but then I blinked and it was track 7. The rest of the album was lost in the same "Whoops, too much water in my watercolours" vein. One more for the list of bands 60s nostalgia has to answer for.

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5

Delightful hourlong trip into a washed-out summer memory. The light blend of synths and woodwinds/horns with a more traditional rock band kit was fun! Modern 'indierock' imitations or evolutions of this style have bothered me, but listening to this, I see why so many people have tried! Probably a 4 or 4.5 in reality, but rounding up because it is the first album I know I would not have given a chance without the 1001 list, and I truly feel glad to have been exposed to it.

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5

"Giant Steps" by The Boo Radleys was released in 1993 to critical acclaim. It falls under the following genres: shoegazing, Brit pop, psychedelic pop. Per Wikipedia: Reviewing the album's rerelease in 2008, Sic Magazine wrote, "For 64 minutes they were the greatest band on the planet." The tracklist: "I Hang Suspended" "Upon 9th and Fairchild" "Wish I Was Skinny" "Leaves and Sand" "Butterfly McQueen" "Rodney King (Song for Lenny Bruce)" "Thinking of Ways" "Barney (...and Me)" "Spun Around" "If You Want It, Take It" "Best Lose the Fear" "Take the Time Around" "Lazarus" "One Is For" "Run My Way Runway" "I've Lost The Reason" "The White Noise Revisited" This album opens with "I Hang Suspended." It's a poppy, rocky, fun song. They sound like any respectable alternative rock band, like maybe Matchbox 20, Third Eye Blind, or Incubus. I like it! Track 2, "Upon 9th and Fairchild" is another rocky, cool tune. It has fun bass and guitar work, with a distorted voice (Going Under-ish) and it's pretty catchy. It also sounds like No Doubt with some funky guitar work. The lyrics "this is my life too" are cool and repeated throughout. It also features a cool crying guitar with spooky violins. "Wish I Was Skinny" is a boppy, fun track with wishful lyrics of being skinny and having everything. It has fun clapping and really great guitar work. It ends in a chaotic psych breakdown and it's pretty cool. The next track is "Leaves and Sand," and it is unfortunately the last track I have time to listen to. I will also listen to "Lazarus" after this per Wikipedia's suggestion, and will complete my review. I'll finish this album tomorrow. I like it and I owe it to myself. "Leves and Sand" is a chill track that starts off quiet and dreamy before bursting into a band-heavy guitar/drum instrumentation. It's cool and sounds Tony Haw-friendly! It's very shoegazy. "Lazarus" is the track I have chosen to break free from the tracklist. This album has 17 songs, and though I've run out of my allotted 24 hours to review, 5 is still better than nothing. "Lazarus" fades open with a funky, psychedelic guitar that is quite addictive. It flows between the left and right headphones, and I really dig it. I'm getting major Wavves vibes from this track! I am eternally disappointed in myself for snubbing 70% of this album (and I will remedy that tomorrow). But I've really enjoyed what I've heard. Their lyrics are dark but their claps and "buh buh bums" are refreshingly ironic. Favorite track: Lazarus Honorable mention: Wish I Was Skinny

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5

Really enjoyable, a mix of genres and styles, with echoes of Ooberman, Blur, Nirvana, the Clash, ELO, The Beatles, and many more from across the whole of music. I'd only heard a couple of songs before, but loved wish I was skinny, barney (and me), Lazarus, and the white noise revisited.

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4

The chord progressions that Coltrane used in his song Giant Steps weren't exactly new back then, they had been used some years prior by Ellington and other composers; and the second part of the song is a mere transcript of a passage from a music theory book. But the song worked so well by itself that the term "Coltrane Changes" began to be used to describe these rapid and complex progressions. And maybe -just maybe- that was the point of the name; this album seems to me like a recollection of styles, of the best rock-ish stuff you could get back in the 1990s, and it comes out nicely. A lot of nice songs, an overall consistent sound, and it never gets boring thanks to the leaps between styles.

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3

Never heard this one before. Interesting blend of influences. Like the dubby basslines throughout. Some of the singing and lyrics irk me a bit. Tend to prefer the more laid back tracks to when they try to rock out.

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5

As sicmagazine so nicely put it: "For 64 minutes they were the greatest band on the planet."

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5

Another hidden 90s alt rock gem. This was great

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5

Pretty Cool big fan

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5

Love it. Want it.

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5

Parecidos a Belle & Sebastian. Les voy a dar un 5.

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5

Really good album, it was a pretty big surprise. 2 discs, so over an hour of music

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5

Lots of unique sounds and flair that I haven’t heard anywhere else! I need to finish listening to this.

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5

I absolutely love this. This often has a distinctive 90s sound but is also the best shoegazing album that is actually reminiscent of 60s psychedelia. Some tracks reminds me of the Beatles. Some remind me of the Beach Boys' Smile, especially the one with the wind chimes. Each track offers new surprises. Starts off enticing and ends with satisfaction. This album is perfect from start to finish, and my personal preference guarantees a 5 star rating.

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5

Pre-note: Devo ancora iniziare a sentirlo ma la copertina è bella trash. I Hang Suspended: Cazzo non me aspettavo questo. Qua è inutile che vado avanti a commentare i pezzi, sto a metà album e non ce n'è uno che non abbia pensato fosse geniale. Ma chi so sti Boo Radleys?? Ma dove so stati fino ad ora?? In conclusione: Crisi totale. Questo album è una bomba. Il '93? Ma seriamente? Suona come gruppi che venivano considerati all'avanguardia nel 2000, alcuni che posso nominare (Death Cab for Cutie), altri che non posso nominare perché stanno in lista. È più di un'ora di disco e onestamente non c'è un pezzo che possa dire che è debole. Quello che forse m'ha colpito meno è Lazarus, ma parliamo di 1 su 17. Ci stanno pezzi che vorrei sentire in loop come Take the Time Around. Adesso il punto è: è possibile che cazzo dopo 63 album ascoltati e un solo cinque me trovo a dare tre cinque di seguito? Che m'è successo, me s'è bloccato il dito sul cinque? Tutte domande che mi sono posto. Volevo dargli meno di cinque a sto album, mi sono svegliato e ho detto "ora me lo risento a mente fredda sicuro trovo un motivo per dargli quattro". No, 4 è troppo poco. Diamo a Cesare quel che è di Cesare. (Secondo me Luca ha dato 2 e Andrea 3)

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5

I really liked them , can't entirely decide but maybe they deserve the 5 star..

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5

Parecidos a Belle & Sebastian y un poco a Suede suave.

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5

I forgot how great an album this is. Even the noisy, distorted bits are compelling. But the pop songs are absolutely gorgeous. Songs like I Hang Suspended, I Wish I was Skinny, Butterfly McQueen, Barney....And Me, Lazarus ate just gorgeously crafted pop songs. 5 🌟

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5

When this first came up I was dreading it. Shoegaze? More than an hour? Noise pop? Wikipedia had me bracing myself for a tough listen... First time through I was quickly engaged by the catchy hooks with many fun and pleasant melodies. Dashes of noise served to really make things interesting. Second time through I fell in love with this album. So much so that I immediately embarked on a third listen. That time even "Spun Around" (probably the noisiest of the songs) appealed to me. Remarkable! I love it when an album proves me so wrong!

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5

The perfect Boo Radleys album - I prefer their shoegaze period but can also appreciate their britpop albums afterwards, and Giant Steps falls exactly in the middle. Lots of strong songs whilst the shoegaze is still there.

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5

Really enjoyable, a mix of genres and styles, with echoes of Ooberman, Blur, Nirvana, the Clash, ELO, The Beatles, and many more from across the whole of music. I'd only heard a couple of songs before, but loved wish I was skinny, barney (and me), Lazarus, and the white noise revisited. 5 🌟

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5

Really liked this

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4

Very nice!

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4

doesnt have a specific nice song but the album is pretty cool overal

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4

bra grejer

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4

Steve Miller band synth and psychedelic rock. I think I need to listen a few more times to get a good feel, but I liked it so far.

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4

Enjoyed this a lot. Would never have given them time of day having only previously heard Wake Up Boo, but I guess that's what this is all about.

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4

Was totally ready to write this off, it started slow. But damn if the second half didn't totally impress.

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4

Modern groovy-esque feel. Pretty good

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4

Definitely caught me by surprise, good variation of songs and caught a Smiths vibe which I can always get around

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4

Nice, sometimes a bit proggy

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4

I really enjoyed this album--clearly I should look at more classics of the shoegaze sub-genre

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4

Eclectic. Surprising. Ambitious

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4

klinkt wel als leuke rock van goeie kwaliteit.

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4

damn pretty fucking tight vibes first song goes hard as hell sounds like oasis but more punk rock

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4

Better than I expected.

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4

qué GUAPO el britpop y a la vez normal que durara menos de diez años

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4

Haven't heard about this band before. It was a nice discovery, enjoyed the sound very much.

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4

Non conoscevo il gruppo e devo dire che mi ha stupito. Alcune scelte stilistiche non rispecchiano pienamente il mio gusto però ho apprezzato molto l'originalità visto anche l'anno. Mi piace il fatto che abbiano messo dentro tutto quello che gli piaceva senza farse troppi problemi nell'attenersi ad un genere. L'uso degli strumenti è spesso sperimentale ed il risultato è affascinante e psichedelico.

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4

I have so much to say, but not sure how to articulate it. First of all, great name - I'm a big To Kill a Mockingbird fan. But also - the songs on this album somehow combine all of the musical styles that came in the 20 years before them as well as what would come in the next 20 years. You can hear British Invasion, psychedelic rock, 80s metal, 90s pop/punk (Rivers Cuomo definitely heard this album), techno, indy rock, and on and on. Big fan.

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4

I like this record a lot. It's wonderful to hear a record that was released during the peak of a couple movements (britpop and shoegaze) that I haven't heard. It's like a gift. This band blends gentle with noisy really well. Love it. This came out the same year as Blur's "Modern Life is Rubbish." It's better than that record, but isn't as good as any of the Blur records that came afterward. THERE REALLY AREN'T ANY WEAK POINTS ON THIS RECORD. VERY DESERVING OF ITS PLACE IN THE TOP 1001. Highlights: The controlled feedback on most songs; The refreshingly clean/poppy "Wish I Was Skinny"; "Leaves and Sand"; The fuzzed/phased out guitar at the end of "Butterfly McQueen" and how it segues into "Rodney King - Song for Lenny Bruce."

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4

Not bad, but more of a 3.5

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4

-I like the guitar and the groove in the background of "Upon 9th And Fairchild" -"Leaves And Sand" has some serious jamming and drum fills -Some of the songs were pretty plain -I am interested in listening again, so I think that just barely bumps it up to a 4

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4

Started off well but felt like it tailed off. Enjoyed but wouldn't rush to listen again

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4

Great 90s tunes

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4

Never heard of these guys. Enjoyed this moment though.

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4

Ég þyrfti að hlusta á þessa aftur, gæti trúað því að hún vinni á. Sumt er mjög skemmtilegt prótó-Britpopp en það fer minna fyrir því í öðrum lögum. Stundum svolítið dated radd effectar og helst til mikið gítarískur, en virkar stórt séð vel. - Jú, fjarki frekar en þristur.

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4

Interesting mix of sounds and styles. I feel like it needs more than a single listen to catch up with it.

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4

Pretty interesting 90's rock. Stone Roses-ish.

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4

A great in-between point of shoegaze and Brit-pop.

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4

Pretty good! Will def need to revisit at some point.

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4

4.3 - Look past the silly band name and questionable album name, and you've got a fantastic shoegaze record that takes you on a sprawling, mult-faceted journey. Walls of fuzzy guitar underpinned with strings (e.g. "Leaves and Sand"). Interspersed throughout are nods to different genres (reggae, Beach Boy style psychedelia, 90s Britpop).

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4

Verrassend album. Rock met wat orkestrale toevoeging vond ik zeker leuk. 'Lazarus' is een zeer goed nummer

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4

1. I'm assuming based just on the information I have before listening, that this is going to be a 60s/70s psychedelic flick 2. 90s shoe gaze rock! didn't expect this. I'm often wrong though. Squeaky guitars. A very The Bends vibe. 3. I like!

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4

Different kind of sound, not bad.

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4

Lots of little Beatles' references in this ode to psychedelia. At one stage you'd swear they're writing a new chapter of Strawberry Fields. They start off flexing their shoegaze muscles and manage to throw out some crunchy guitar and storming drums. I've Lost The Reason is an encapsulation of the whole album. Twee verse with a bit of Beach Boys harmonies, then they bust out a massive chorus that pays homage to Kurt, but with weird distorted sounds a la Sergeant Peppers. I hope they had fun making this, because I had fun listening.

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4

This is certainly the first time a list album has reminded me of HOLYCHILD. Nothing sparkles or shines, but the entire hour-plus is tinged with a comfy glow, some kind of connective tissue holding the instrumental and stylistic and even vocal digressions. Britpop to a fault and lasts exactly as long as you expect it to given the speed of delivery. However, it's one of the most DJ-set-like guitar band albums I've heard, reminded me of a trashy pop band discovered in university, and is thoroughly unique.

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4

Why would they want to waste the first minute? Because I need the time to go get a beer before I settle into my barcalounger? I don't like it. But the maybe that's the catch for "I hang suspended."

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4

Wow, I really like this album! I saw the horrific cover art and my stomach sank, because I have been known to judge an album by its cover. But this was such a pleasant surprise! It's the groovy fusion of alt rock and psychedelic pop that does it for me. Unexpected joy for today, thanks generator!

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4

It takes a lot of guts to name your album after one of the great jazz albums in music history. The Boo Radleys' album is nothing like John Coltrane's album, but let's boil it down anyway. The Boo Radleys' pull from quite a few sounds of the 90's. One of the most prominent aspects of this record is the shoegaze, utilizing electric guitars to their fullest extent by going full reverb and volume. This is contrasted by the britpop songwriting style that keeps things light, particularly in the singing and guitar hooks. This gives Giant Steps some contrast in relation to the alternative, ethereal sound of shoegaze. Good songwriting and good sounds makes for a nice, unique blend overall. More than anything, though, this album is steeped in psychedelia. It's a fresh and fun take on the genre that always feels like it's been done to death. It also flows nicely, making for an enjoyable experience from top to bottom. My big gripe with Giant Steps is that is will feel generally unfocused as a cohesive unit. This reminds me of Radiohead's OK Computer in a few ways, which would be released a mere 4 years later. Coming close to being spectacular but falling just short, we will applaud The Boo Radleys nonetheless for this spectacular showing. Well done, lads.

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4

Much more varied and rich than you'd perhaps expect, given this was a few years before the "big hit". A fun indie bop.

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4

Loved it! Some great bass lines

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4

When I saw that this was British indie rock, my expectations were kind of low. After Elbow and PJ Harvey, I didn't think much of the genre. This album blew me away. The sheer variety of genres kept it from getting boring over its 64 minute runtime. I'll definitely revisit this one.

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4

Catchy

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4

Nice surprise, potential 5-star check, almost made it.

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4

Had to listen twice to get it. Again headphones make it 1000 x better

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4

2nd album I never really heard, and I listened to plenty of shoegaze/britpop. I hear so many different influences here, the Cure, dub, madchester, psychedelic. Overall better than I expected 8/10.

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3

Indie!

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3

Loved the variety, thought it stretchers on a bit too long though

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3

Most of the album was good chill vibes.

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3

*I would give a 3.5* Dig the sound. Not sure if its because it sounds more 'familiar' in some ways than the other albums (with some song exceptions, Changes/Born to Run/etc.) Enjoyed: 'Wish I Was Skinny', 'Best Lost the Fear' 'Take the Time Around'. Did not enjoy: Spun Around, 'I've Lost the Reason'.

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3

Didn't finish it, but plan on going back to it.

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3

Some interesting ideas, but the execution never hits for me. I don't mind the vocal style and sort of like it, but lyrically it's uninspired. Very early 90s sounding.

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3

Not bad, very easy listen even with so many tracks.

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3

3.4* some good songs for sure but definitely some snoozers.

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3

Pop.

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3

This was some pretty solid 90s alternative. Dug some of the experimentation they attempted, but they seemed to fall back into that 90s sound before too long. Some pretty cool songs on there though.

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3

Rokowisko alternatywne z elementami spogladania na buty, ktore wplata elementy psychodeliczne, 17 kawalkow na godzinnym albumie, o ile kompozycje instrumentalne mi siadly, bo czuc z nich 70s i klasyczne rokowanie, to tak samo wokal mi nie pasuje, choc rowniez jest stylizowany na tamten okres, kawalki ktore leca na plejke to wish I was skinny oraz thinking of ways i the white noise

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3

This is ok, some good ideas, but lots of it quite forgettable. Would probably benefit from repeat listening

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3

good album, wouldve given it a 3.5 but you cant do half ratings on here.

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3

Didn’t know much about this band. Had heard the name, and that was probably the reason I had never bothered to check them out. So good, so bad, so average. I liked parts of most songs and disliked parts on par. Yin of mesmerizing rhythms coupled with the yang of mediocre 90s pop. One song came close to good (Upon 9th and Fairchild), and one was fairly bad (Wish I was Skinny). Doesn’t get more solid 3 than this.

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3

Solid listen. Nothing super jumped out at me like it was a great song but nothing made me want to skip the track. Probably won’t search out again or be able to say “hey I’ve heard this song before”

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3

Enjoyable but I expected more from an album listed as Shoegaze/Dream Pop

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3

If you like the white stripes you might enjoy this album

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3

I might have liked them if I knew about them at the time.

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3

3/5. It's a disjointed album but I do feel there is something for everyone here. I definitely get the sense that these guys inspired radiohead. Favorite songs are Leaves and Sand, Best lose the fear, and White Noise revisited.

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3

Not bad. Liked the early tracks more with a bit of a pop shine. Got a little my morning jacket-y towards the end

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3

This album has genuine moments of bliss and authentic rock music. However, they are broken apart by disjointed efforts and forgettable tracks, which limit the entire experience.

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3

I love the Boo Radley's, but this album is all over the place.

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3

I like Ride better

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3

Shoegaze 🥰 a bunch of really great deep cuts of the genre

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3

It was ok. Started with some good songs. But got boring in the second half.

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3

The orchestral arrangements are a nice touch. DK if I'm not in the mood or not cuz I'm usually a fan of the shoegaze sorta style but I thought it was kinda same-y after a while.

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3

Quite fun, though got a bit bored of it towards the end

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3

// Favs: – Score: Light to Decent 3

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3

It's something

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3

3 tracks in - giving me London calling vibes. Very diverse. About halfway through and I’m much less impressed.

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3

Meriterebbero più ascolti per capirli. Li ho trovati interessanti, ma una cosa che non riesco proprio a digerire è il timbro del cantante, mi irrita. Allora ho deciso di guardare qualche video per inquadrarlo un po'. Ed è stato sorprendentemente simpatico. Quindi ho deciso di non essere troppo severo. Probabilmente li riascolterò perché penso di non averlo capiti abbastanza..

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3

Very 90s but not bad.

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3

Would give 3.5 if I could. A good listen most of the time. Some more experimental things didn't feel like it was executed quite right. didn't feel like there were any breakout hits.

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3

This is pretty good. I probably need to give it another listen to fully appreciate it, as I was a bit distracted today. Much more eclectic and diverse than I was expecting, surprised to hear some reggae vibes in some of the songs. 3 stars.

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3

I'm not sure if I've heard of this band before or not. The music was new to me, but definitely sounded like it was produced in the 90s. Nothing spectacular, but I didn't hate it. Here's to "okay".

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3

Maybe generous but I did listen to it

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3

Not bad

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3

good, but not as good as loveless.

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3

Interesting though not entirely convincing. However, some tracks are really good.

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3

solidan indie, kinda nice

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3

One of Coltranes best albums, really showing how he pushed forth the boundaries of what jazz could be. Wait, wrong album. Kind of generic and borring at times, but not bad.

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3

I think The White Noise Revisited cost them a star.

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3

Three stars because of the overall alt-90s vibes, but I don't know if it's such an enormously great album. Just nice enough.

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3

Some songs felt very modern indie. A pretty eclectic variety of styles, but I couldn't focus on this album

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3

They explore many different avenues and styles, which is great but there will be somethings you like and don't like. It was hard for me to stay consistent with this album b/c I could not find a common thread.

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3

OK - little on the baggy and samey side - can't believe I've not listened to this before, I'm sure I had the CD!

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3

Interesting but inconsistent. Feels like two different bands mashed together at times

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3

Good album. Very 90s. Interesting bit not too memorable

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3

bit more on the twee than the shoegaze

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Giant Steps - I immediately thought of John Coltrane's seminal album by the same name. Then I read the description, nope its not jazz its Shoegaze and Brit-Pop, yuk! I'm not a fan of those genres so I was expecting the worst. But what a nice surprise it turned out to be, this is a really good album. A lot of it is derivative from other bands but it all sounds very cohesive. Lazarus, White Noise, Wish I was skinny are all great, I can definitely favourite this on Spotify for future listenings.

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3

Certainly an eclectic mix with quick transitions from raw guitars to acoustic ballads with some flugel horn and reggae bass thrown in. It holds up pretty well but I listened twice, admittedly with distractions, and it didn't really grab me.

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3

Time was not my friend. I only half listened to this. I thought it was OK.

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January 24th 2022. The best of this album IMO: - I Hang Suspended - Rodney King (Song for Lenny Bruce) - I've Lost the Reason The balance between calmness and aggressivity is a bit hard to endure sometimes. But I love me some britpop. 3.2/5

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3

Quitos good

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3

Interesting 90s alt rock album. Seemed a bit generic to me, but still enjoyable.

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Shoegaze! Jag tycker det går att beskriva som luftigt, eller att musiken inte väger så mycket. Sedan om det går att förstå vad jag menar struntar jag i. Den beskrivningen stämmer i alla fall bitvis på detta. Men det varvas med lite mer poppig rock som är trevlig att ha i öronen. Dessa låtar påminner otroligt mycket om något band som är rätt bekant men vid brist av minneskapacitet blir således denna mening helt värdelös. Konstig och något oengagerad redogörelse för albumet, men det var bra och lättlyssnat. Några låtar kommer jag ta med mig vidare i musiklivet. Jag gillade "Wish I Was Skinny", "Lazarus" var rätt bra och sen tyckte jag om den avslutande låten "The White Noise Revisited". Det finns nog fler också men dessa är några som lyfte lite högre direkt. I skrivande stund hör jag "Leaves and Sand" och den får också fint omdöme.

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Safa

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This album is the third from The Boo Radleys. It's a psychedelic pop album otherwise known as shoegazing music - which is a otherworldly twist on indie alternative rock - that pulls influence from genres of reggae, pop, and orchestral. If you like songs that evolve as you listen to them, or psychedelic guitar playing, then this is the album for you. This album is a spacey trip for your ears. I enjoyed listening to this interesting album while I worked.

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Pop. Ni fu ni fa.

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Its okay britpop. Better than soe of the other random.britpop bands on here. Very british endevor this book...

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interesting.

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I liked the dub / reggae bass lines in a few tracks

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This was real hit and miss for me. I really liked certain tracks (mostly towards the beginning of the album) and there were tracks that I really wanted to skip.

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Didn’t get to listen too closely but hadn’t heard them before and enjoyed it.

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tem umas psicodelia, mas meio esquecível

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Fín plata, held að ég hafi hlustað á extended version sem eru þrír geisladiskar. Rann smooth í gegn þó ég hafi stundum verið að spá hvort ég væri að hlusta á tvær/þrjár mismunandi hljómsveitir. þrjár og hálf.

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I groaned initially but listened with an open mind and it's quite enjoyable. Lots of different sounds and although not the most groundbreaking stuff I like the genre. No discernible hits but listened to it as a whole. I do wonder if it deserves to be here when so many other artists haven't managed it. Even so it's 4🌟🌟🌟🌟 because I like it.

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Not bad, good background music

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Mad decent

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Jangly jangles

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Wasn't bad. Sounded like a generic 90's album. I'd throw some of the songs into rotation. I enjoyed the guided by voices vibes

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One of these where I’m just not getting it. Quite a lot of the “innovation” in this I found to be basically a bunch of avant-noise garbage. I’m not wholly against such stuff but it crosses the line into irritation pretty easily. My main issue here was most of it didn’t seem really incorporated into the songs in which it occurred: it was just jammed in on top or in amongst, jarring shifts in tone and, for that matter, volume. A bunch of people clearly think this is clever, it just made me want to stop listening. In between these affronts there was I’ll admit a fair bit of perfectly acceptable shoegazey alt-rock, and the occasional moments when it all actually comes together into something more.

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Every once in a while, I'd think, "Ooh, I like where this is going..." and then The Boos Radley would dodge and go a different and (to me) unsatisfying direction. There were a couple of songs that grew on me after further listening but for the most part, this was just ok.

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Nothing here really embraced me and made me want more. There were some pleasant and catchy moments, but they just didn't last. Maybe some other time...

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I didn’t hate or love this. It seemed very long, but never unlistenable.

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Je ne connaissais pas du tout ce band. Très 90’s dans le son. Pleins de trucs intéressants dans cet album. Trop long par contre, mais je vais assurément y revenir.

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It was fine with glimpses of good

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Не такое около нудное

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Was decent, very strange band that I could get into the flow with but wasn’t totally blown away by. Very cool but not my style.

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Not bad I suppose

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ikkje så verst

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This maybe the most 90's sounding band that I have never heard of. It's just mid.

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Upbeat shoegazey 90s alt-rock, not too bad but also not too good. It sounded like a band that had a lot of playing talent and access to decent recording gear... but went into a studio with two songs, determined to record an hour and 15's worth of music. In the end I turned it off halfway, which I don't do often (but was still like 40min into the album). This is the very definition of a 2.5/5.

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Grunge-y, mostly okay

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Quite bland. Nothing that really stood out to me.

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Ein generisches Rockalbum, das durch seine experimentellen Anklänge wenig aufgewertet wird. Im Gedächtnis bleibt davon- nichts. Wenn dies DAS Album des Jahres gewesen sein soll, wie einige Kritiker und Magazine schrieben, spricht das insgesamt gegen den Geschmack und Zeitgeist von 1993.

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Thought it was decent, but not much jumped out at me. "Rodney King (Song for Lenny Bruce" was a stand-out

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Iets te experimenteel voor mij, al zitten er wel wat lekkere deuntjes in

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There were moments of this that I found compelling - the end of I've Lost the Reason, for example, when the distorted vocals kick in. Overall I found it dull. I liked the last couple songs. My mind could be changed about this album, but not a great first listen for me.

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I mean, it sort of sounds like most any other alternative rock band of the 90s. It’s alright, but not really anything to write home about.

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Very distracting

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Umm... No. This was weird and not good weird. I understand why these guys never made it. I mean, electric jug? What???

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Was made in the 90s but sounds like the 70s? Nope.

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I actually thought I would like this more. Was fine but nothing stood out. Think the singer didn't really connect.

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It was ok, nothing really stood out to me and although there were parts that I enjoyed somewhat it was short lived for the majority of the album. 2*

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Nao fede nem cheira.

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Probably didn't give it enough run throughs, but didn't excite me

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Pretty terrible. Bland and bloated. But a couple of decent tracks and fleeting moments of enjoyment save this from one star

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Kind of liked only one song from it

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Not quite as bad as other albums I don't finish, but I didn't listen to more than 3.5 songs because it was too distracting during work. Seems like a mix of standard brit-pop and annoying noise.

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Este álbum é muito semelhante, nada de novo e interessante. Contudo, é tão longo e tão chato que tenho de dar um 4. Existe uma versão estendida, está já não é comprida de mais. Nota:4/10

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absolute meh, do not like the noises that guitar makes in their songs.

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If you got rid of half the songs you might have a mediocre album. 6.4/10

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This turned out better than I expected it to be. There is a lot of quite interesting stuff going on musically. It rocks more than I thought the band were capable. I am big on voices though, if a voice isn't right then I find it difficult to enjoy the music at all. This guy's voice is really quite irritating. A shame, it could have been so much better.

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Este álbum são imensas merdas ao mesmo tempo que individualmente dava um álbum de 4. Mas como está, mama com 2 que já é bom.

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Funky, psyedelic. Not great.

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Not for me. Found like one song. They do a few cool sounds, almost like Real Estate and then the occasional reggae sound

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Yeah. Not bad. Some cool tunes. Not likely to come back to this one.

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Wish I Was Skinny Barney (...and Me)

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Too long for an album that has nothing standing out. I found it actually dragged on and got quite boring.

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This album really took me on a journey - in the beginning I thought it was just another early 90’s alternative/indie record that at best I liked, at worst I was indifferent to, but by the end it had gone to so many weird and abstract places that I actively disliked it.

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I’m not sure you could find an album that has more of that “early 90s” sound. I also like that this music is all over the place. Tons of secondary styles. None of which particularly move me, but it was fine.

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This started off with so much promise, first song was great and I thought I had found a new band to listen to.But this rest was rubbish!!!

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Bit of a weird one

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Son como una mezcla de Pavement y Dinosaur Jr., ¿no? No sé, no me parece que estén haciendo algo súper innovador. Tal vez no esté en el momento correcto para escuchar esta música. Me está sonando muy normalito, no sé muy bien qué hace en el libro este disco. Molan algunos detalles, los vientos que meten a veces. Personal: 4. Con muy baja prioridad me lo volveré a escuchar, pero no está en mi lista de mejores discos definitivamente. Trascendencia: 2? Una banda de culto en UK que por eso aparece en este libro? Género: 5. Me parece que hay mejores discos en Shoegaze / Rock alternativo de esos años

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meh

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It's Brit pop but has a few other interesting influences. Not enough good songs ultimately

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Pretty meh

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Made no impression on me at all

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This album was shoegaze. its was lame and boring.

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Britisk shoegaze, pskykedelisk rock, 90’er

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The stench of early 90's Britpop is all over this album. Cooing vocals, guitars that either jangle or buzzsaw and the need of a couple of tracks to be dumped. Best Tracks: Wish I Was Skinny; Barney (...and Me); Lazarus

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1993: Wish I Was Skinny, I Hang Suspended

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15th March 2022 Listened on a quiet day in the office then went to flight club with Douggie in Shoreditch. Some super 90s stuff in here but overall felt a bit disjointed and not really for me.

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Kinda unmemorable.

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Complex, a little bizarre. Warrants a second listen.

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If 20 minutes shorter, it would've left more of an impression. I remember liking some of the songs, but an hour afterwards I couldn't remember a specific melody or riff let alone a song title. Wasn't bad, but definitely not memorable in the slightest. Even the terrible, awful, and flawed albums leave an impression on you.

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A really challenging listen. It is sonically unusual and interesting... different layers and instruments for an alt rock album. However, it never gels for me and the lead singer's voice/style is irritating to me. It is muted, boring and at some point the whisper unmelodic comatose singing starts to become unpleasant. Disappointed here.

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I think I liked this more than most of you, but it's got some pretty big flaws. It's far too long (both some of the tracks on their own and definitely the album as a whole). Lazarus is great, and if you skip the first minute then so is the opening track. The rest of it is fine, but nothing else really stands out. 2/5.

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This turned out better than I expected it to be. There is a lot of quite interesting stuff going on musically. It rocks more than I thought the band were capable. I am big on voices though, if a voice isn't right then I find it difficult to enjoy the music at all. This guy's voice is really quite irritating. A shame, it could have been so much better.

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Je sais pas trop quoi en penser, j'étais peut-être vraiment pas dans le mood mais j'Avais hâte que ca finisse....Un peu all over the place 2.25

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It had its moments, but it sure did go on. It would've been a 3 but the run time was way too indulgent.

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Barely noticed at the time. Long forgotten

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Who? What is this? Meh...

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This album is painstakingly long. They are a good band, but seems like they are trying too hard to be unique

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It’s alright. 2.5/5

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Barney (... and Me)-introen e jo reint plagiat av Just Like Heaven. Ut over da e eg ikkje så shoegazete av meg, og vokalen va kje heilt for meg

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Didn't even finish it.

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This is my least favorite album yet.

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The auditory equivalent of dog shite.

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Like early ish indie rock. Tries to be a bit psychedelic at times. Not a fan. Thinking Of Ways was so so bad 😂. Just shite. 1/5

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I’m kind of annoyed to have listened to this in this context. I MUST have listened to this album before I died? Why?! It’s... fine. Actually, to be more specific, it’s completely unremarkable. I can’t remember a single song. Is this really the standard for albums I MUST listen to before I die? An album I LITERALLY do not remember a detail of the following day?

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25% decent music, 75% noise.

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Not good

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Garbage

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Unfortunately, the sound goes from too soft to hear to blazingly loud at the drop of a hat. The vocals are often too quiet. At times the sound can just be grating on the ears.

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Don't really get it. Pretty boring stuff.

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Boring music

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Terrible. Sounded like a piss-take album

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Sounded like Adam Buxton’s songs without the entertainment.

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Mjeh... ekkert spes.

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* Probably give it 1.5 if I could. Dreary, unmemorable.

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Some of the tracks were okay, but overall it just didn't grab me in any meaningful way. It was too disjointed and jarring at times for me.

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An indie album that was uninspiring. Some of the songs needed to end a little earlier than they did. I also had to skip some songs. I was perfectly fine not knowing this album existed let alone listening to it.

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Hey what’s that noise?! I remember, It’s terrible music.

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A truly awful mess of an album. Pick a lane!

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