Burn The Maps - The Frames
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  • Summary: This is the first studio disc in four years for the Irish quartet, who are massively popular in their native country.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jaysus lads, get out the oven mitts – this one smokes.
  2. Far and away the group's most determined work of its 15-year career.
  3. 80
    Meticulous recording, layered songwriting, and a little bit of "special effects" turns a bunch of good songs into a great album. [#9, p.70]
  4. 80
    An overwhelming record that bends and blusters with grand passions, bittersweet beauty and no small hint of desperation. [Apr 2005, p.98]
  5. Some of these exercises in frustration are simply frustrating, but for the most part, The Frames' perverse restraint matches Hansard's lyrics, which are all about lowered expectations.
  6. When it's good, it's great.... However, when it's bad, it borders on boring. [#9]
  7. 40
    Once a means to subvert pop/rock formula, the band's abruptly shifting dynamics have themselves become formulaic. [#67, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Jan 4, 2012
    7
    As an album not bad, but as a follow up to For The Birds very disappointing. It does have some great moments but too many weak ones, something that could never have been said of the bands previous 3 albums Expand

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