• Record Label: Anti
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2005
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31

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  1. RobbieC
    Feb 25, 2005
    10
    Truely a magical journey in song...Love it!
  2. JohnP
    Jan 4, 2006
    9
    The best album I've come across in a long while.
  3. Hein
    May 3, 2006
    10
    Very Good!
  4. RichieM
    Mar 29, 2005
    7
    Very good album, though sorely missing some stomping, singalong tracks that mark most of their earlier albums. Great songs in themselves, though: a new breed of Frames?!
  5. Jana
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    this album is... amazing. so the Frames are. one of the best stuff in recent music...
  6. DavidS
    Feb 23, 2005
    10
    splendid!
  7. Kalle
    Feb 25, 2005
    9
    One of the best bands working today. Great melodies, excellent musicians, terrific entertainers.
  8. JamesD
    Mar 1, 2005
    10
    Absolutely stunning!
  9. petera
    Mar 21, 2005
    10
    I love this album!
  10. EricR
    Mar 4, 2005
    5
    Come on!!! Heard it before. Not bad, not good. A little bird told me they heard of Doves...
  11. EricP
    Jun 3, 2005
    8
    Lacks the intimacy of their previous albums and a little too taken with the slow-build/blistering climax formula, but what they're doing here they do spectacularly well. At certain points (especially "Keepsake"), The Frames begin to sound like Godspeed You! Black Emperor condensed and given a lead singer. Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on the listener.
  12. StepanZ.
    Apr 7, 2006
    9
    This album makes me feel,intension of Hansard´s voice is absolutely unbeliavable ,I love it!
  13. GeorgeM
    Feb 15, 2005
    8
    class act
  14. TMTerry
    Feb 24, 2005
    10
    Brilliant, desolate, angry. I love this.
  15. Ger
    Feb 26, 2005
    10
    Pure brilliance, a fantastic album!
  16. TomM
    Mar 1, 2005
    2
    Jeez, been a fan since they came out nearly 15 years ago. By far their weakest work to date. And most boring. They were once reknowned for being an exciting band.
  17. RichardF
    Mar 22, 2005
    7
    An accomplished album which opens with the most absorbing tune and doesn't fail to keep you listening. Although the album does tend to tail off towards the end.
  18. ElaineK
    Apr 3, 2005
    9
    Bit weak, another side to the frames? But they're still legends and this is still a legendery album!
  19. ut
    May 5, 2005
    1
    Absolutely horrible album.
  20. VeraV
    Jul 19, 2005
    10
    I just love it! Songs like A Caution to the Birds, Finally, Sideways Down, Locusts and others have exceeded my expectations!
  21. MarekI
    Mar 29, 2005
    10
    Just more then great album!
  22. DB
    May 15, 2005
    5
    Aggravatingly mediocre. In a bad way.
  23. LouisF
    Jun 14, 2005
    8
    The first 3 tracks reveal a unique melodic identity and a sense of progression and intensity, thanks to the great production and Glen Hansard's presence. But track 4 comes as a pain in the ears with its agressing chords and deliberate minimalism. The other 2 bad tracks are Fake (a cheap arena rocker trying to hide itself under unconventional breaks and shifts) and Underglass (which The first 3 tracks reveal a unique melodic identity and a sense of progression and intensity, thanks to the great production and Glen Hansard's presence. But track 4 comes as a pain in the ears with its agressing chords and deliberate minimalism. The other 2 bad tracks are Fake (a cheap arena rocker trying to hide itself under unconventional breaks and shifts) and Underglass (which just doesn't sound right and is awkwardly placed). It's too bad, because these three songs break the flow, Trying and Sideways Down being two excellent pieces placed between very average tracks. Happily, the last 4 tracks are all very interesting experiments or successful appliances of convention. In short, this record with tracks 4, 6 and 7 removed would've made for a beautiful, sincere and fluid listening. Skip the bad ones and it's so much better. Expand
  24. KathleenM.
    Jan 23, 2008
    9
    Excellent, damn near 10.
  25. 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
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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