• Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

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  1. JT
    Apr 1, 2009
    7
    Genuinely enjoyable, but if "The Great Defector" is what drew you to the CD, not much else on the album sounds like it. At times the lyrics were odd enough to cross over from arty to just plain weird.
  2. GedC.
    Mar 5, 2009
    10
    This has it all! Great beats and great lyrics. Buy it!
  3. LiamG.
    Mar 6, 2009
    10
    Simply amazing!
  4. AnneC.
    Mar 16, 2009
    10
    Fantastic beautiful and FUN.
  5. 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 noA 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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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The Irish quartet holds up its end with an album of melodically memorable and inventively arranged songs, most clocking in at more than five minutes and massaging listeners with a wash of keyboard and guitar textures.
  2. The rest of Blue Lights on the Runway is duller than 'The Great Defector;' most of it sounds like warmed-over Coldplay.
  3. Bell X1 has found an absorbing but unshaven sound, set apart by ease and experimentation and yet inevitably spoiled by them.