Amphetamine Ballads - The Amazing Snakeheads
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Scottish rock trio of Dale Barclay, William Coombe, and Jordan Hutchinson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    In its imperfections Amphetamine Ballads occupies an especially human place. Saviours of rock n’roll? Nah. It doesn’t really need saving, and anyway this lot are far more about destruction. A modern classic? Just maybe.
  2. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    It's not the easiest listen in the world, but it's not supposed to be: at a time when most of what passes for alternative rock sounds desiccated, Amphetamine Ballads feels raw and potent and alive.
  3. Apr 18, 2014
    80
    While Amphetamine Ballads is as exciting as any debut record in recent times, it’s also a reminder that the British ability to conjure depth from a sparsely coloured palette is as strong as ever.
  4. Apr 29, 2014
    60
    Amphetamine Ballads is a debut that shows real promise, but if this band really wants to put the fear into the world, the first step on their reign of terror should be to hire a rhythm guitarist.
  5. May 15, 2014
    60
    The Amazing Snakeheads have delivered an album bristling with unapologetic rock'n'roll invective. [Jun 2014, p.91]
  6. Apr 29, 2014
    60
    Amphetamine Ballads is a debut that shows real promise, but if this band really wants to put the fear into the world, the first step on their reign of terror should be to hire a rhythm guitarist.
  7. Apr 14, 2014
    40
    Only the more animated Here it Comes Again finds them delivering upon that early promise.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  1. Aug 6, 2014
    7
    The first half of the album is fantastic, but it slowly loses pace after that. Very repetitive lyrics and what not. But it truly is a breath of fresh air to the overproduced indie bands of today. Simply guitars, bass, drums, and a damn menacing vocal. I like it!

    I think it deserves a 7/10.
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