Breaking Up - The Research
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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. Childishly simplistic, yet compulsively catchy, pop tunes that are unabashedly British. [#14]
  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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2