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  • Summary: This is the Irish band's first album without Brian Crosby, who left to pursue other projects.
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  1. Their new record Blue Lights On The Runway has the potential to turn X1 into a stateside #1.
  2. It once again showcases just how satisfying a Talking Heads obsession coupled with an ability to craft uncommonly graceful ballads can be. [Apr 2009, p.97]
  3. Blue Lights on the Runway is one of those rare albums that you can pretend to like for its alt-credibility while secretly just enjoying it for the hooks.
  4. Bell X1 has found an absorbing but unshaven sound, set apart by ease and experimentation and yet inevitably spoiled by them.
  5. Blue Lights is uneven, but the good songs are really good.
  6. The rest of Blue Lights on the Runway is duller than 'The Great Defector;' most of it sounds like warmed-over Coldplay.
  7. Blue Lights is more of an affective slow burn, which is to say it is often a bit of a bore. [Spring 2009, p.70]

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  1. Nov 2, 2011
    8
    A great record. This marks a distinct change in style from the bands first 3 albums. They still have the beautifully gentle ballads mixed in with some upbeat pop-rock tracks, they still have the quirky (albeit sometimes dubious) lyrics, but on this record they do push themselves in terms of the sounds they experiment with. This was the bands first independently released record and no longer under the control of a major label, you can hear the relief and freedom in the tracks. Expand

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