180 - Palma Violets
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  • Summary: The debut release from the British indie rock band was produced by Pulp's Steve Mackey.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Feb 27, 2013
    90
    This will likely be 2013’s most necessary debut and will undoubtedly stand as one of the years best ten months down the line.
  2. As long as you don't ask too much of it, it's good knockabout rowdy fun.
  3. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    Palma Violets' deliciously raggedy rock is enveloping.
  4. 70
    Derivative 180 might be, but it’s also rammed full with jangly, addictive melodies that burst into life and disappear almost as quickly.
  5. Mar 19, 2013
    70
    Sometimes the looseness that makes 180 so charming borders on unfocused rambling, but for the most part, the Palma Violets keep it in check on this entertaining, promising debut.
  6. Feb 27, 2013
    60
    So Palma Violets get a pass this time, their lack of focus and their naivety balanced by their charm. 180 is a record they're only allowed to make once--next time we're going to need some substance.
  7. Jun 4, 2013
    20
    It’s garage rock by numbers and sounds like it took as long to write as it does to listen to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 2, 2013
    10
    This group rocks. They remind me of The Clash. I love their raw sound. It's the sound of a new and great band coming into their own. Check 'emThis group rocks. They remind me of The Clash. I love their raw sound. It's the sound of a new and great band coming into their own. Check 'em out. They'll be at Lollapalooza and I will be at their altar up front at least an hour before they go on. They are the real deal. Expand
  2. May 25, 2013
    7
    Palma Violets' debut record is one to admire. Each track is a banger, and while they don't fully grasp their own idea yet, this album justPalma Violets' debut record is one to admire. Each track is a banger, and while they don't fully grasp their own idea yet, this album just goes to show they have incredible potential. "Best of Friends" is one of the best songs I've heard in the past few years.

    All In All, 180 is a good record that unravels more pleasure the more you listen to it. B
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  3. Jun 5, 2013
    0
    Generic, boring and overall devoid of any redeeming features. This album is a shocking indictment on the state of the current UK music scene;Generic, boring and overall devoid of any redeeming features. This album is a shocking indictment on the state of the current UK music scene; if this is the most exciting band the NME can find, they may as well close now. Best of Friends shouldn't be in any sane persons top 100 songs of 2013, let alone #1. What a joke. Every song on the album is a formless mess of boring chords and banal, cringe-worthy lyrics, with not a single memorable riff or moment to be found. There is a lot of good music coming out at the moment, however Palma Violets aren't producing it. Check out Last Dinosaurs, Sticky Fingers and to a lesser extent, Jungle Giants if you want new bands who actually know how to write songs. Expand