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  • Summary: The second album from the UK duo.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. A Drink And A Quick Decision is a pill every bit as sweet as its predecessor, mining similar terrain to achieve equally sexy results.
  2. Grand National takes risks and does it well; these multi-instrumentalists explore different genres, and have made music that is not only accessible but also never repetitive.
  3. 70
    This UK duo's second album has lost some of the poppy jangle found on their debut. But it is replaced with grander harmonies and gauzier production, making this smooth as John Oat's bare upper lip these days.
  4. If there's one major point of contention about the songs on A Drink and a Quick Decision, it's the vagueness in some of the lyrics.
  5. 50
    This London group's second studio album is pleasant but rather uneventful. [Sep 2007, p.129]
  6. There is little else that stands out amid the polite noodling. [Mar 2008, p.104]
  7. 40
    Grand National lack Hot Chip's playful edge and by 'Joker and Clown,' thoughtful production is hitched to that last refuge of pop scoundrel--the Snow Patrol-style ballad. {Apr 2008, p.90]

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  1. JasonB.
    Sep 24, 2007
    If you loved Kicking the National Habit, you'll spend most of this album waiting for those chill instrumental hooks to emerge in new forms. There are moments when this album resembles it's older sibling, but all in all it falls way short. Now for the good news: This album makes it's predecessor seem that much sexier, you'll likely discover THAT album all over again. Expand

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