Better Than Heavy

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  1. Feb 18, 2011
    7
    It is an alternative record aimed at appealing to a wide audience of kids and grown ups/lower class and middle class/black and white etc. Unfortunately there is too much experimentation which devalues the record and makes it feel like a glorified demo. Lowkey (the rapper) is nothing less than superb throughout the whole record however this only reinforces how weak the songwriting is. ThereIt is an alternative record aimed at appealing to a wide audience of kids and grown ups/lower class and middle class/black and white etc. Unfortunately there is too much experimentation which devalues the record and makes it feel like a glorified demo. Lowkey (the rapper) is nothing less than superb throughout the whole record however this only reinforces how weak the songwriting is. There is enough here to warrant a good record yet together they haven't been able to make one. 65/100 Expand
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

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  1. Mojo
    40
    This lot recall mid-'90s crusty combos like Senser and Back To The Planet, their politics naive and hectoring, their music, frankly, pretty ghastly. [Apr 2009, p.108]
  2. Even at best, though, something rings false about Better Than Heavy. It never sounds like a self-funded album made by angry people.
  3. Q Magazine
    60
    So while the agit-prop lyrics say little new, the best tracks--'Barcode,' 'Hit From The Morning Sun,' 'Julian' and the title track--are convincingly atmospheric. [Mar 2009, p.102]