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  • Summary: The band that gave us alt-radio hit "6 Underground" returns with a third album, although their second (1999's 'Splinter') failed to secure U.S. distribution. Guitarist Chris Corner now handles lead vocals, replacing the departed Kelli Dayton.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. The band continues with a strong electronic feel without compromising the integrity of good, raw musicianship.
  2. 70
    The crunchy guitars that underpinned some of the tracks on X are now up front, giving the whole collection the feel of early Manchester bands like Happy Mondays. [Feb 2002, p.74]
  3. Save for a few heavy-handed tracks, such as the lame religion-as-porn clunker "Blue Movie" and the drag of "Loreta Young Silks," the disc offers a satisfyingly rich aural texture.
  4. Once a trip-hop outfit with a female singer, [Sneaker Pimps are] now a mopey synth-pop quartet aimed at everyone's hidden goth teen. [3 May 2002, p.88]
  5. Has only occasional flashes of inspiration. [Jan 2002, p.107]
  6. Further success should elude them. That, it seems, is firmly restricted to the past.
  7. 30
    Sounds like a watered-down Pearl Jam spiked with a drum machine and a couple of extra synths. [Feb 2002, p.123]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. JulieK
    Sep 7, 2005
    10
    The Sneaker Pimps are just the most interesting band to me today. Corner's voice is sublime, it can make you feel a large panel of The Sneaker Pimps are just the most interesting band to me today. Corner's voice is sublime, it can make you feel a large panel of emotions. And this album is just their best (with Splinter). Excellent ! Expand
  2. ZM
    Oct 23, 2004
    10
    A really well-executed album; great beats and melodies and Chris' voice makes one wonder why they ever bothered hiring another singer in A really well-executed album; great beats and melodies and Chris' voice makes one wonder why they ever bothered hiring another singer in the first place. Expand
  3. ZilvinasN
    Jun 9, 2003
    10
    excelent!
  4. Joris
    Apr 2, 2005
    10
    This is one of my favourite cd's ever and the best Sneaker Pimps have done in my opinion. An overall of 47 is just ABSURD, c'mon This is one of my favourite cd's ever and the best Sneaker Pimps have done in my opinion. An overall of 47 is just ABSURD, c'mon people! Chris' heavenly vocals, the composition... The adultlyrics aren't their strongest; yet every track is exciting and wonderful. Makes you shiver, make you cry, this band is amazing. Listen to Think Harder, Bloodsport, Lorretta Young Silks, The Fuel, Grazes or the catchy Kiro Tv and judge yourself. This are the same biased reviewers that hype LCD Soundsystem, find the new Trail of Dead unispired and don't give a new Stereophonics album a chance. A 10, really, for every great song here! Expand
  5. IgorC.
    Sep 12, 2002
    9
    Chris Corner is really charismatic singer and their live show is unforgetable. the new album is not dissapointment for me.
  6. RobbieC
    Oct 4, 2007
    9
    I love this record. It's even better than their first two. The beats and sound effects are really interesting, if not entirely original. I love this record. It's even better than their first two. The beats and sound effects are really interesting, if not entirely original. Their used well and the lyrical themes and hooks are awesome. A great dark-pop album. Expand
  7. C4
    Mar 21, 2006
    9
    This album should be compulsory listening so everyone can understand what a high 9 rating is equivalent to. This is easily an album that all This album should be compulsory listening so everyone can understand what a high 9 rating is equivalent to. This is easily an album that all other albums can and should be compared against. It is almost flawless in terms of its composition, production, lyrics, depth, and originality. This CD is up there with Portishead's "Dummy", The Beastie Boys "Hello Nasty", and The Fugees "The Score". This is superb music that deserves a far larger audience, but thankfully it remains an underground gem and so can never be held hostage to the demands of a "marketing first" society. Expand

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