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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
  1. ChadB
    Jun 9, 2006
    Incredible! The singles, Strasburg, Retreat, Work Work Work, are all brilliant. Binary Love is possibly the best album track not released as a single all year. Witty and Intelligent lyrics, check. Catchy guitar, check. Attitude to conquer the world, check. Some critics have complained that the subject matter is to myopic in that it is aimed at London young professionals. Well, I'll tell you, this album transends to young pros everywhere, especially the drinking bits. Can't wait for the next album! Expand
  2. GaboS
    May 24, 2006
    These guys are so catchy! There's not 1 song I hate, one of the better albums coming out this year! All their songs are short and straight to the point. Best I've heard since The Rapture's "echoes" came out. If you like Bloc Party, The Futureheads, Art Brut, or Franz Ferdinand, check these guys out!! Expand
  3. olio
    May 28, 2006
    Simply much fun
  4. TomL
    Sep 2, 2005
    Very Good Album. "22 grand job" and "Strasbourg" are particularly good. Recommended :)
  5. tommoc
    Apr 21, 2006
    buy good as Bloc Party's 'Silent Alarm' (if not better) while managing to create a sound of their own. Leans a bit more toward punk than BP.. Expand
  6. SimmonS
    Sep 21, 2005
    waht the fuck, this shit is damn hot boy
  7. ReggieD
    Sep 18, 2005
    When you're looking through your toilet bowl for the little piece you felt but didnt hear plop and splash, you will find it sticking to this, the most unnecessary of all the albums passing through our collective intestines Expand

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