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  • Summary: 'Breaking Up' is the English trio's debut album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. A nudge in the wrong direction and this would be too saccharine for comfort.
  2. 80
    [They] stand apart, wedding guitar-free sounds to refreshingly vulnerable sentiment. [Mar 2006, p.102]
  3. Breaking Up may sound tinny, it may grate occasionally, and vocalist Russell The Disaster's voice may well get on your nerves after a while - yet you'll be hard pressed to find another record this year with as much soul and honesty as this one.
  4. But just before sheen threatens to turn to smarm, The Research acknowledge twee works best when a dark side lurks just beneath the surface.
  5. Their break-up songs are built around a dynamic of sweet boy-girl harmonies and bursts of swearing. [Mar 2006, p.109]
  6. But this album isn't just really gratingly saccharine, yet simultaneously bland, it's wilfully so.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Nick
    Mar 9, 2006
    10
    what an outrage! this is a fun album to listen to! i'm the one to hate twee but this caught my eye and I like it much. review sites what an outrage! this is a fun album to listen to! i'm the one to hate twee but this caught my eye and I like it much. review sites can't be trusted Expand
  2. Adrian
    Mar 26, 2006
    8
    musicOMH got it about right - personally, i like the fact it's twee and trashy, but it's not for everyone. Go see them live instead musicOMH got it about right - personally, i like the fact it's twee and trashy, but it's not for everyone. Go see them live instead - they rock! Expand