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  • Summary: The London four-piece try to capitalize on press generated by recent support slots for the Libertines with this debut disc, produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party).
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 'Capture/Release' is fresh, unique, original even; its oh-so-contemporary reference points are revisited with such punk-rock vivacity and hell-for-charity-shop-leather vigour that they might be the first band you’d actually believe when they roll out the old "no, honestly, we were doing this long before we’d even heard of Bloc Party".
  2. 'Capture/Release' may not be the jolliest record in the world, but perversely, it’s damn good fun and a heck of a lot more.
  3. The Rakes' full-length debut is almost embarrassingly packed with winning singles.
  4. Riotously catchy pop songs that fall somewhere between boisterous pub anthems and artsy bursts of haphazard punk. [Jun 2006, p.190]
  5. The Rakes' debut is by turns profoundly unsettling and savagely funny as each song is propelled by a seething sense of purpose.
  6. Despite [their] obsession with the everyday... The Rakes are never mundane. [Sep 2005, p.118]
  7. Repeated listens of Capture/Release uncover some songs to pique your interest, but the brevity and sameness of the songs weigh the album down.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13