Brassbound - The Ordinary Boys
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  • Summary: Stephen Street produced this more ska-oriented sophomore release for the Brighton, England outfit.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 70
    Brassbound is a far better played, better written and lyrically grown-up record than its brash, Brit-pop-punk predecessor. [Jul 2005, p.102]
  2. Resurrect[s] the 1970s white ska world of The Specials, The Jam et al with varying degrees of success.
  3. 60
    A band slowly escaping the weight of their still-obvious influences. [Aug 2005, p.104]
  4. Had the entirety of ‘Brassbound’ been as polished as these final two tracks, the Boys would be closer to the promise they exhibited on their debut. Instead, they’ve produced – and have the frightening candour to admit to – their “second debut”.
  5. When the 39 minutes are over, rather than play it again, you're itching to put on London Calling to hear the real thing.
  6. Brassbound is more convincing than their debut.... But it's hardly adventurous. [Jul 2005, p.113]
  7. This bears the same relationship to pop music that wallpaper paste does to food.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7