Bring on the Comets - VHS or Beta
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  • Summary: Bring on the Comets is the third album from the Louisville, Kentucky natives.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. 80
    The now-three-piece group proves they haven't lost their ability to blend superb pop hooks with dance beats. [Sep 2007, p.131]
  2. These are high-flying songs in search of a place to land, and the warmth and seeming innocence of Pfunder's voice combined with all the familiar electro-disco trappings make this a record worth hearing for anyone not ready to let the past go without a fight.
  3. The result is like if "Sam's Town" worked, without a sign of embarrassing wordplay, conceptual grandeur, or annoying moustaches. The words are blessedly innocuous, leaving the grandiosity to the sound alone.
  4. Had there maybe been a more analytical approach to creating shamelessly tricked-out pop songs, maybe some of Brings on the Comets would sound more successful.
  5. It was a mistake for VHS or Beta to subjugate their dance beat into a perfunctory structure for the guitars to smash against; the riffs sound like they're there for their own sake, biding their time and waiting for a moment of catchiness that never really arrives.
  6. 40
    Their third albums smells less of revivalist chic than tribute-band nostalgia. New wave knockoffs have rarely sounded so old.
  7. For the most part, singer-songwriter Craig Pfunder doesn't justify the presence of vocals and lyrics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. JoeR
    Nov 11, 2007
    10
    Can't believe people are ripping on this album, either. It's great stuff- the songs are smartly played and catchy as all hell! I'd been aware of the band before, but never really checked them out until this album. After being completely engrossed by it, I went back and listened to their early work, and BRING ON THE COMETS far surpasses anything they did before. This one is easily in my Top 10 for the year. Expand
  2. MicheleP.
    Oct 18, 2007
    10
    I can't stop listening to this album. Each time I hear it, I have a new favorite song. As of now the entire album is a fave. Not sure why all the so called "critics" dislike it so much. It's music, just enjoy it, and stop analyzing it to death. Expand
  3. JillianD
    Oct 18, 2007
    10
    Whatever dudes. The album is much better than you're giving them credit for. Go see them live, then listen to it. It helps you understand their personality as a band better. So maybe you people could lay off the album, make an effort to actually appreciate something, and stop trying to be witty and funny... it's not working. Expand
  4. StevenH.
    Aug 31, 2007
    8
    This album is certainly a change for the band....but it's much more of a natural progression than most are making it out to be. I have no idea why this album is being ripped as hard as it has been, it's very good. Expand
  5. Margraf
    Oct 30, 2007
    8
    Maybe I'm not trendy, but this album rocks. They set out what they wanted to do - make a pop record. Referencing the past makes this a tad recycled, but funner than a bunch of other stuff out there. This is why I'm not a critic, but I LOVE this album! Expand
  6. mikes.
    Aug 31, 2007
    5
    Musically they seem focused enough. The problem with this album is that the production is lackluster and quite uninspiring.
  7. JayM
    Sep 27, 2007
    1
    When you thought it couldn't get any worse... it did; annoyingly predictable and repetitive. No one wants to see 5 videos of the making of their album, not only does their music suck but they suck. These guys are cocky for no good reason divas! They had their 10 minutes of fame and they should stop wasting our time. Expand

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