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  • Summary: This debut album for the British quartet was produced by The Smiths' Johnny Marr.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Combining the Verve's soul-searching themes with Radiohead's whisper-to-a-scream dynamics, Haven has come up with a weighty debut stocked with tender ballads, beautiful acoustic passages and several potential anthems.
  2. Haven's one weakness is their failure to ever pick up the pace or well, y'know, really rock; like Coldplay's two agreeable, unhurried albums, there's a sort of same-y-ness throughout Between The Senses' 12 lullabies.
  3. 80
    Some of the most powerfully surging melodies from a British band since the second Travis album. [March 2002, p.114]
  4. By the end, the album feels too long, with too many tunes trying and failing to make a unique impression.... At its best moments, though, Between the Senses is simply and unnervingly beautiful.
  5. this is pretty much all good stuff. So why does it feel like there's something missing? Haven's problem is their chosen genre - epic, ball busting indie, guitars that jangle, then jangle harder, vocals that ride melody like diseases might pterodactyls.
  6. 60
    Most of the tracks don't quite rise above their obvious influences, Radiohead and U2. [#10, p.118]
  7. This record is dull, predictable aural soup, and dullness in music should be punishable by death.

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