Bricolage - Bricolage
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  • Summary: The debut album for the Scottish quartet was produced by Stephen Lironi.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. They will need to move on eventually, but for now Bricolage are just fine doing what they are doing, and their debut delivers on the promise of their early singles and then some. Edwyn (and Vic and James) should be proud.
  2. The band clearly understands what their strengths are, and the decision to continuously return to them, keeping the songs simple, short, and straightforward, staves off boredom while covering very little territory.
  3. But for all its shortcomings, Bricolage is at least well intentioned and definitely well executed--frenetic, tightly instrumented, and performed with aplomb.
  4. Throughout, however, the record teeters on the brink of Postcard Records pastiche, with Graham Wann's wavering vocals and the record's constant references to omnibuses and sixth-form poets threatening to buckle its charms.
  5. Stuart Murdoch loves Felt, but his records didn’t ape its sound. The members of Bricolage (wherever they are) could take a lesson from its fellow Glaswegian.
  6. Bricolage is as a sometimes fun but mostly ambitionless and unnecessary project.