Beat Pyramid - These New Puritans
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  • Summary: The debut album for the British band was produced by Gareth Jones.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Cut adrift with its own bewildering reference points, peppered with glimpses of cryptic brilliance and slabs of deceptive nonsense, Beat Pyramid is a flawed patchwork masterpiece.
  2. Beat Pyramid crosses genres, sticks pins in everything it sees and manages to reference hip-hop, punk, new-wave, dubstep and everything in between. For that alone, These New Puritans should be applauded.
  3. Beat Pyramid begins and ends in the middle of the same sentence, literally and figuratively, but it doesn't come across as contrived or insincere, thanks mostly to Barnett, who conveys his words in a manner that is simultaneously solemn and half-winking, as if he knows they could be totally wrong, but he's going to say them like they're all he's got left, anyway.
  4. There’s still plenty of bits on Beat Pyramid you’ll find exhilarating. But the rest of the time, you’ll find yourself wishing These New Puritans would ascend above its well-established reference points.
  5. While the die-hard These New Puritan fan might be annoyed that six of these tracks have been released before, there's enough to make it abundantly clear here is a band with a brilliant sense of invention.
  6. 70
    Most of their songs gallop by in a minute or two, erupting with new beats the moment they start to itch. [Apr 2008, p.83]
  7. The motions are there, but Beat Pyramid lacks real true depth.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. OmarO.
    Mar 28, 2008
    10
    This is a breath of fresh air. Anybody not familiar with These New Puritans will probably approach them with the idea, "Oh no , not another This is a breath of fresh air. Anybody not familiar with These New Puritans will probably approach them with the idea, "Oh no , not another British indie band," but these guys really start to grow on you once you get to know them. The album is solid and every song stands well on it's own. These New Puritans will probably seem like another seem like just another indie band but this album shows that they provide an interesting sound that places them in a league of their own among their peers. Expand
  2. StevenH
    Mar 26, 2008
    7
    These New Puritans pick up where Bloc Party left off. Very aggressive, dark, post punk. The lyrics are very repetitive which will probably These New Puritans pick up where Bloc Party left off. Very aggressive, dark, post punk. The lyrics are very repetitive which will probably turn some people off, but I went into this expecting a dance album (it isn't), so that didn't bother me. I did like it though, give it a shot if you liked Silent Alarm. Expand