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  • Summary: The third album from the UK group was self-produced by the band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Athlete's third effort Beyond The Neighbourhood goes some way to restoring their initial well-deserved kudos.
  2. 66
    Beyond the Neighborhood is somewhere in between, melding studio tweakery with the kind of sweeping melodies that never seem to go out of fashion.
  3. The self-produced Beyond The Neighbourhood balances its meat and veg indie with enough electronic textures and hip hop beats to (sort of) catch the ear.
  4. 40
    Their third album is sprinkled with sensitive instrumental textures and plaintive tinkling noises, but their music remains utterly devoid of personality, not least because of Joel Potts' vapid vocals, while not even the best efforts of Gil Grissom and his eager CSIs could unearth a sniff of a decent tune. [Oct 2007, p.83]
  5. As talented as these guys are, they still can't write a song that stays with you. [Fall 2007, p.78]
  6. Again Athlete have purported a musical equivalent to a blank stare. It is there, it may intend to disperse meaning, but in the end it does nothing much, if anything at all. Blah, indeed.
  7. Mired in the generic neo-new-wave and self-consciously emotive yawn of contemporary fashion indie rock, Athlete's unimaginative music matches up nicely with the shallow lyrics.

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  1. Jul 1, 2013
    10
    I love this band. I put the album "I Love You" and the EP "I'm Sorry" on repeat, the day I downloaded the tracks. It made for a very chillaxI love this band. I put the album "I Love You" and the EP "I'm Sorry" on repeat, the day I downloaded the tracks. It made for a very chillax afternoon. I love the fusion of musical styles. They remind me of California. I'm feelin' every track like I did when I first heard Sublime, not to compare the bands, only the feeling I get when I listen to them. I like it, I like it a lot. I way the guitar sings is so sexy and moody, and the lead singers voice is sexy and moody as well. All I can tell you is play their music, have a drink, soak up some sun and kick back with some friends. This band feels good to me even though their kind of dark. But then again so am I. Expand
  2. GarryK.
    Oct 18, 2007
    10
    Throughly enjoyed this album as all the songs are very down-to-earth and catchy. I was very disappointed when looking at the critics remarks Throughly enjoyed this album as all the songs are very down-to-earth and catchy. I was very disappointed when looking at the critics remarks as I firmly believe it is there best album out. Expand
  3. LauriS.
    Sep 28, 2007
    9
    I was quite shocked to see the scores for this album. I mean, some reviews even pointed out how the band chooses to express their feelings I was quite shocked to see the scores for this album. I mean, some reviews even pointed out how the band chooses to express their feelings rather than to concentrate on creating an over-produced piece of mainstream crap - and then continued to say how that is a bad thing... Expand
  4. AkdoS.
    Sep 29, 2007
    9
    Overall a great record. There are not immediate hit-singles or radio-friendly crap, but Athlete have managed to craft a very interesting and Overall a great record. There are not immediate hit-singles or radio-friendly crap, but Athlete have managed to craft a very interesting and unpretentious collection of songs. Expand
  5. Daves
    Oct 25, 2007
    9
    Strange...i read really good reviews for this in the observer, mojo and time out. Why are these not included? great album.
  6. PaulC.
    Sep 29, 2007
    8
    Useless reviews. This is a great album.
  7. FredR.
    Oct 2, 2007
    6
    Sure, self-producing you're own album is going to have its downfalls, athlete are no longer producing a record to benefit their own Sure, self-producing you're own album is going to have its downfalls, athlete are no longer producing a record to benefit their own sales. therefore, to state the obvious "it will sell less" however sales aren't everything in building a bands population. i think by self-producing an album they have set a standard for what is to come, and i think they've done well. Expand