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  • Summary: The latest album from the alt rock group from Scotland was produced in part by Bjorn Yttling.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Its hedonistic groove carries everything before it, and reminds you that 'rock'n'roll' doesn't just signify a sound (and fury), it signifies an attitude towards risk taking.
  2. A fine mix of fantasy and reality, made by a band who never run out of ideas, sung by a singer too smart to fall apart and too excited by rock’n’roll to stop being stupid.
  3. Yttling and Epworth have succeeded in making the Scream enjoyable and vital again, hardly a sure thing after the embarrassment of "Riot City Blues."
  4. 60
    'Beautiful Summer's' spectral chamber rock and a take on Fleetwood Mac's 'Over & Over' prove there's life in the franchise just yet. [Aug 2008, p.103]
  5. 60
    It’s too blunt, messy and reverent to be up there with their best, but you hope that it also serves a secondary function: to clear the decks for one last magnificent tilt at rock deification on album number ten.
  6. Beautiful Future isn't quite as onsistent as it could be. [Aug 2008, p.138]
  7. It's worth reiterating that there's good music here: it's just that if you want to hear it you have endure being hectored by a man who gives every impression of being a thumping twit.

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  1. AnthonyL.
    Aug 23, 2008
    9
    okay so its not going to change the world but there's alot to like about this album. The guys still sound good.. and they know how to okay so its not going to change the world but there's alot to like about this album. The guys still sound good.. and they know how to have fun.. Something other bands who have been around for a long time tend to forget.. Very under-rated by snobby reviewers.. Let the people Speak!!! Expand
  2. AlexH.
    Aug 1, 2008
    8
    Not one of the best albums by the Scream (one of my all-time favorite bands), but a solid one nonetheless. They're poppier than usual Not one of the best albums by the Scream (one of my all-time favorite bands), but a solid one nonetheless. They're poppier than usual but 'pop' isn't a curse word for me. Highlights are: the title track, which in spite of its name and upbeat melody is just as bleak and dystopian as 'XTRMNTR'; the lead single 'Can't Go Back'; and the catchy 'Glory of Love' Collapse