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Mojo (Publisher) (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] delicate and gorgeous deconstruction of Pachelbel's Canon..."59.1602

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Rolling Stone (3/16/00, pp.72-3) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...an album that's some previously unknown form of spooky goth music for kids....exceedingly strange yet scrupulously crafted and intelligent..."Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.44) - Ranked #93 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks"Q (3/00, p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...an eclectic selection of musical sketches, few of which pay any heed to orthodox song structure....teetering pleasantly close to what used to be called ambient, others sound like half-completed electronic doodles..."Uncut (3/00, p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The prevailing mood here is solemn and nocturnal...It's all very soft-focus, very regal..."Alternative Press (4/00, pp.76-7) - 4 out of 5 - "...unmistakably the sound of Air - lush analog keyboards float over dubby bass and jazzy drums - creating that intangible atmosphere that made them famous..."Magnet (1-2/01, p.44) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000" - "...Evokes the mysteries of adolescence....The sinister bass-line pull of sex, the chilly, synthesized fear of the future and long, starry-eyed stretches of reflective boredom..."CMJ (1/31/00, p.3) - "...Air's accomplishment resides in its ability to fashion the cheese of decades gone by into a sweet, seductive melancholia."Melody Maker (2/29/00, pp.48-9) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...painless...providing 13 beautifully mournful moments which would make even a Mr Bean film seductive."Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.68) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks".Mojo (Publisher) (2/00, p.86) - "...confirms that Air's 'modus operandi' is perfectly suited to bringing subtle shades of beauty to incidental fragments..."NME (Magazine) (2/26/00, p.36) - 8 out of 10 - "...[It] is Air's Nicholas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel at their best - entirely removed from logic and gleefully, wickedly free to roam their own, unique world..."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (5/24/99, pp.63-64) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...the crucial, early robo-soul of detroit techno...Afrika Bambaataa's early-Eighties fusion of Bronx beats and Kraftwerk....Rowlands and Simons have...[made] a record that kicks like living history. Put it on, crank it up, bust a move."Entertainment Weekly (6/25/99, p.132) - "...It's the techno/rock bridge we've been waiting to cross for years....The gorgeous, field-of-flowers vibe on some tracks finds the duo again expanding electronica's vocabulary..." - Rating: B+Q (1/00, p.84) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."Q (7/99, p.105) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...bringing the best out of themselves....The Chemical Brothers' quantum leap into the wild blue yonder, away from their trademark slapstick delirium. It looks like there is life after big beat, after all."Muzik (1/00, p.69) - Ranked #3 in Muzik's "Albums Of The Year '99"CMJ (6/14/99, p.3) - "...the Brothers venture down untravelled paths from which their contemporaries have shied away....each entry retains the cosmic rush and futuristic funkiness that has always been the core of the Chemical Brothers..."Vibe (6,7/99, p.189) - "...the group...lets its softer European roots show....the emphasis is on acid-drenched house rhythms and smooth bass breaks, as pasty-faced vocalists like Oasis's Noel Gallagher and Kraftwerk- style robots fill in [the] gaps....damn infectious."Melody Maker (6/19/99, p.53) - 4 1/2 stars out of 5 - "...Sometimes they just patter, tricle and slide. Sleety sounds waiting for the storm. Sometimes, they shrink to fit...And, yeah, sometimes they're f***ing massive.... SURRENDER is the most distinctive album of the year, bar none..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/00, p.30) - Ranked #11 in Mojo Magazine's "Best of 1999"Mojo (Publisher) (7/99, p.91) - "...exceeds all expectation....it rocks, it caresses, it exhilarates, and, finally, it takes you on a trip....[they] have freed themselves from linear time and stretched both backwards and forwards for their bag of tricks..."NME (Magazine) (6/19/99, p.30) - 8 out of 10 - "...SURRENDER is excellent. From the opening faux-naive Kraftwerk simulation of 'Music:Response' right through to the final, Jonathan Donahue-assisted fry-up 'Dream On', it's simply a joy to listen to..."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (p.62) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Orton sounds more focused than ever, channeling drawled heartache warm come-ons and snatches of lost AM-radio hits into songs that seek out your inner lullaby."Entertainment Weekly (p.132) - "Throughout COMFORT, her phrasing is both more precise and more playful than ever, as her voice provides texture once supplied by electronics..." -- Grade: B+Uncut (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]er voice has thickened and improved....Without altering her style drastically, Orton has broadened her approach on what is her most accomplished recording to date."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With a] grit and poignancy seldom heard since the LA canyons were in their pomp."14.75348

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Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[H]ere's the real crunch: exclusive tracks from Interpol and the astounding, effortlessly melancholic Arcade Fire."14.75348

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Entertainment Weekly (p.84) - "[H]er swaying mid-tempo tracks are lovely enough..." -- Grade: B14.75348

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CMJ (p.4) - "12 club-worthy neo-wave rockers layered in the band's signature Gang Of Four-via-keyboards ambiance..."14.75348

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Magnet (pp.88-89) - "WALKER is a surprisingly deft set of Western- and Spanish-inflected instrumentals and haunting vocal performances."14.75348

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Uncut (8/02, p.116) - 3 out of 5 - "...A novel experiment."CMJ (8/5/02, p.15) - "...As a stand-alone dub record, it holds its own nicely..."NME (Magazine) (6/22/02, p.52) - 7 out of 10 - "...[A] most exciting prospect...The album is rife with excellent brass arrangements that pay homage to the multicultural guitar music of Albarn's youth..."14.75348

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Q (1/01, p.90) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000" - "...Heavy, sombre and lugubrious, it makes for seriously claustrophobic listening, until it takes a great gulp of euphoria..."Magnet (1-2/01, p.87) - "...The group tries outdated post-disco...flange-smothered art pop...piano-key-mashing Britpop blues, Bragg-ish Labour folk and Ecstasy-riddled comedown drone with high-drama production..."CMJ (12/00, p.54) - "...The earthy instrumental elements and complex, layered arrangements in aching epics...provide the winning shots....balancing the heady, psychedelic leanings with a couple sublime and somewhat stripped-down guitar-driven numbers..."NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.77) - Ranked #8 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".NME (Magazine) (4/1/00, p.34) - 9 out of 10 - "...A serious and intense record....the first great album to come from Manchester since DEFINITELY MAYBE....they make being sad after drugs sound great."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (No. 966, p.61) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's hope for stadium-ready dance music in the Chemical Brothers' fifth album....full of beat-wise psychedelia..."Spin (p.87) - "It's the album on which the Chems relax into a comfortable maturity, secure in their status as elder statesmen." - Grade: B+Uncut (p.73) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The standout is grand finale 'Surface To Air', which cements the duo's long love affair with New Order across an epic seven-minute symphony of lean melody and pulsing melodrama."Mojo (Publisher) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[They have] succeeded in making a tougher, darker-sounding record....The guest list is substantial and crucial."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 - "JOYFUL REBELLION gives alt-rap humanism a good name."CMJ (p.4) - "K-Os carries across-the-board appeal whether singing, rapping or improving grooves to make the breakers move."Vibe (p.162) - 3 1/2 discs out of 5 - "JOYFUL REBELLION builds and improves on the rich, organic, live sound that made his debut, EXIT, such a left-field hit."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (3/18/04, p.71) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]his thinking person's pop star writes ornate, Sunday-morning melodies that suggest a composer twice his age....[The album's] uncluttered arrangements assimilate decades of chamber pop, folk, and even jazz."Entertainment Weekly (3/12/04, p.112) - "[A] breezy, unexpectedly enchanting CD--Nick Drake on Prozac." - Rating: B+Uncut (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Lerche can do melancholic troubadour, shiny pop perfection, woozy psychedelia and symphonic ballads....A real find."Uncut (p.78) - Ranked #50 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[A]n unexpected gem. Think swoonsome pop at its most non-cynical..."Magnet (p.103) - "[T]ricky, eager little songs that skip and sparkle with boyish abandon. The melodies are anchored in his ambling guitar..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[S]elf-effacing swing and sensitive soul."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (10/30/03, p.94) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "There's rarely a dull moment with the Chemical Brothers..."Rolling Stone (10/30/03, p.94) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "There's rarely a dull moment with the Chemical Brothers..."Spin (p.86) - "[T]heir true talent was rock 'em-sock 'em robot beats that, yes, rocked the block."Q (10/03, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The Chemical Brothers have exceeded everyone's expectations, leaving in their wake some of the defining records of the '90s. Not to mention a load of gloriously damaged memories..."Q (10/03, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The Chemical Brothers have exceeded everyone's expectations, leaving in their wake some of the defining records of the '90s. Not to mention a load of gloriously damaged memories..."Mojo (Publisher) (11/03, p.142) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Very little here sounds dated..."Mojo (Publisher) (11/03, p.142) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Very little here sounds dated..."14.75348

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Q (1/04, p.135) - 4 stars out of 5 - "YOU brought a triumphant conclusion to the most creative era in Gong's long and ongoing history."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (2/5/04, p.56) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[A]ir return to what they do best: elegantly moody soundtrack music for imaginary films....TALKIE WALKIE is rich, somber headphone pop..."Spin (p.63) - Ranked #35 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "Air fashioned a soundscape that's paradoxically simple and dense..."Entertainment Weekly (1/23/04, p.99) - "[Producer Nigel Godrich] helps the French duo bring their soft-focus sound into sharper relief....the dreamy space pop will have you floating in the clouds, if not above them." - Rating: A-Q (2/04, p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[E]motive mood music that provides a roadmap to love, loneliness, all the difficult stuff."Uncut (2/04, p.69) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he album contains their most convincing, most composerly music to date....Clever..."Uncut (p.78) - Ranked #58 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "Sci-fi and sex remain their chief preoccupations; nothing gets lost in translation."CMJ (1/19/04, p.6) - "For a band known as a major player on the electronic music scene, Air certainly uses a lot of...banjo."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (2/14/02, p.62) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Rocks like a jet engine in a jewel case...hyperkinetic, gorgeous beats..."Spin (2/02, pp.105-6) - 9 out of 10 - "...A modest triumph...integrating their 2 sides: high-octane thrust and airy psychedelic dreaminess....an almost perfect album, an invitation not to be refused..."Entertainment Weekly (2/01/02, p.107) - "The Brothers excel at turning extra-strength breakbeats into roller-coaster dance tracks..." - Rating: BQ (Jan/02, p.97) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...blend[s] the brutal efficiency of current dancefloor trends with...the music that prompted [them] to make records....good, clean, hedonistic fun..."Q (Jan/02, p.97) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...blends the brutal efficiency of current dancefloor trends with...the music that promted [them] to make records....good, clean, hedonistic fun..."Alternative Press (2/02, p.67) - 7 out of 10 - "...A return to the early-'90s acid-house exuberance that first inspired them..."Mixmag (2/02, p.58) - 5 out of 5 - "...There are enough ear-tickling noises for us to realise they havn't lost their Midas....these tunes will sound amazing played out. Which is precisely what clubland needs now."Vibe (3/02, p.174) - 4 discs out of 5 - "...It's an incredible trip..."Mojo (Publisher) (2/02, p.98) - "...A genuinely thrilling, energy-charged adventure that effortlessly spans Balearic house, electronic folk and post-techno, neo-disco and beats-driven epic blues..."NME (Magazine) (1/26/02, p.35) - 6 out of 10 - "...thrilling..."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.106) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.104) - Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's list of 2002's "10 Best Debuts"Rolling Stone (11/14/02, p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The mix of wit, depth and kicky Sixties pop in FACES DOWN provides another bright spot from up north..."Q (10/02, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A plaintive debut [with] thoughtfully strummed guitars..."14.75348

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Uncut (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "It's delightfully insidious, the hooks subtle, the lyrics obtuse."Alternative Press (p.136) - 4 out of 5 - "[T]he French retro-pop troupe slow it down for maximum smoovness..."Magnet (p.120) - "ALPHABETICAL has plenty of carefree pop that's so clean, you can eat off it. The topper is the beautifully mellow 'Love For Granted'..."CMJ (p.45) - "ALPHABETICAL is a polished, precise and more focused album."14.75348

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Spin (pp.98-99) - "THE UNDERSTANDING finds Royksopp intentionally aiming for the super-clubs....Their harder sound is still offset by softer edges." - Grade: B+Magnet (p.110) - "The duo traipses through all kinds of post-Kraftwerk, European electronic sounds, doing Erasure better than Erasure..."14.75348

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Spin (p.89) - "[A]n impressive balancing act that name-checks Ween...while spinning bighearted melodies and harmonies over quirky beatscapes." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly (p.87) - "Sounding like comp-sci majors with a Prince fetish, Hot Chip create quirky techno-soul that flip-flops between swooning romanticism and dry British wit." -- Grade: BCMJ (p.6) - "COMING ON STRONG has these cheeky South Londoners armed with a juvenile sense of humor, but also a surprisingly sophisticated sense of electro-pop and soul."14.75348

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Magnet (p.102) - "Here, he's a crooner, taking jazzy pop to dizzying heights of charm. Lerche's fresh-faced romanticism and a simple -- and occasionally simplistic -- approach to ensemble work comes from these tracks being laid down almost entirely love and unrehearsed."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (p.80) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "[The album] shimmers with melancholy beauty..."Rolling Stone (p.146) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "[T]his Norwegian folk duo proves that quiet is the new loud."Entertainment Weekly (p.80) - "RIOT's tales of lost loves and existential confusion shimmer with precise harmonies, memorably melancholy melodies, and rich but restrained arrangements." - Grade: B+Q (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[S]weet, nostalgic and relishing the strength of words softly spoken."Uncut (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A]nother bittersweet, finger-picked confection that shows their chemistry is still there."CMJ (p.5) - "[The] pastoral indie-pop is sharpened by horns, banjos and the occasional female vocal. The result is an album that brims with understated surprises."Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Amid the album's fuzzy, halo'd mood, doe-eyed songs pop out like sweetbreads."14.75348

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Q - RecommendedQ (1/03, p.140) - "...Breathtakingly ahead of its time....It remained tuneful and tightly focused..."Uncut (p.102) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[T]hese ripples on the surface of silence are strictly beautiful...the tracks are framed by theory rather than antic wit."Mojo (Publisher) (p.123) - 5 stars out of 5 - "ANOTHER GREEN WORLD actually sounds like it's been beamed in from another musical universe."NME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - Ranked #36 in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.14.75348

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Mixmag (2/02, p.59) - 4 out of 5 - "...Naked Music is known for music that's deep, soulful, largely song-based and always immaculately produced. And this album is no exception....The good stuff here...are splendid songs that demand your listening..."14.75348

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Spin (9/94, p.142) - Highly Recommended - "...God bless the Future Sound Of London--Gary Cobain and Brian Dougans--for striving to infuse personality and humanity into the chip-driven technoscape..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.115) - "...Future Sound Of London's flowing material forms true sound gardens, within which can be heard the rich heritage of the masters of the first Golden Age of Electronics: Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel, and Tangerine Dream..."Option (11-12/94, p.117) - "...LIFEFORMS is sensory overload that engages the mind instead of alienating it. Throughout the 92-minute program, the `trips' that ambient techno aims to replicate happen naturally and vividly..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "Ambient music that dares to have a personality..."NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.23) - Ranked #37 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'14.75348

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Rolling Stone (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This smartly compiled best-of showcases Cook's late Nineties hits; stupid fun bangers with whimsical, gratuitously repeated vocal samples; buoyant remixes...and a smidgen of moodier esoterica."Q (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[G]athered together they sound like music from another planet entirely..."14.75348

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Q (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 -- [With] infectious melodies....'Lovers Who Uncover' chugs with the energy of early Strokes....Definitely ones to watch."Uncut (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir hidden depths slay you off guard....'Oh, MJ!' has a Hall & Oates groove, and stadium-era Fleetwood Mac flavour to the coda."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The Sonic Youth-lite guitars of 'Lovers Who Uncover' and 'Cha Cha Cha' are pleasantly melodic."14.75348

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Q (p.124) - Ranked #11 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[E]qually in thrall to Dylan and Supergrass..."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (p.94) - 3 stars out of 4 -- "THE WARNING bubbles over with ideas-packed grooves....The tunes are plenty inviting."Spin (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Here, the quintet beefs up the rhythms and tones down the indie-geek shtick, making hot music..."Spin (p.60) - Ranked #12 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "THE WARNING is hot-blooded music....It's also filled with heartfelt charm."Q (p.120) - Ranked #44 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[A] gleeful pick'n'mix combination of electro-influenced experimentation and pleasing pop nous."Alternative Press (p.224) - 5 out of 5 -- "Hot Chip strip down their influences, reworking scores of sound into new, distinctly original machinations."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (p.126) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]rafted with care and talent....BORN IN THE U.K. has some lovely idiosyncratic moments..."Q (p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he sweeping piano-led melodies, Gough's powerful belief in family and his warm croon transform regret into hard-won optimism....A hugely moving affirmation of life."Alternative Press (p.188) - "Tracks like 'Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind' and 'One Last Dance' are fun reminders that Gough's whimsical pop chops are still in working order..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This is a collection of melodic, quality pop songs that lean to the grown-up side of things, with a reflective singer given to nostalgia and the kind of unease felt when 99 per cent of everything seems all right."14.75348

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Q (p.135) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The collection shows] how he would became the singer-songwriter of his generation."14.75348

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Spin (p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "IDEALISM shows off plenty of blaring synth riffs..."CMJ (p.41) - "IDEALISM is full of fleshed-out freestyle rhythms juxtaposed with stompy synth crunches and wooly cracks of the snare..."14.75348

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Rolling Stone (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Doherty] sounds lighthearted, strumming through an assortment of Clash-and-Kinks-style hooks."Spin (p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T[he disc contains some of Doherty's most coherent tunes yet, including 'Baddie's Boogie,' a thoughtfully observed domestic drama..."14.75348

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Spin (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Revivalist? Sure, but this refreshing, smarter side of the late '80s has yet to be co-opted..."Uncut (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's impressive breadth....Take the cowbell tapping 'Smoke Screen', which updates Liquid Liquid's 'Optimo' with a raw urgency."14.75348

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