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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the London-based band led by Nathan Hewitt was self-produced.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 10, 2014
    90
    Stuffed with guitar histrionics, Cheatahs do fall prey to hero-worship, but they nevertheless deliver an album worthy of its influences.
  2. Feb 11, 2014
    83
    As much as it could be a short primer on a genre, the album works even better as one band’s first statement of purpose.
  3. Feb 11, 2014
    80
    An uber-melodious debut.[Mar 2014, p.96]
  4. Feb 11, 2014
    76
    Sure, Cheatahs unabashedly emulate their influences--and you’ll hear plenty about that in the coming months--but there’s no doubt they’re doing things their way.
  5. 75
    While the band leads us down roads we have assuredly traveled before, that doesn’t make the sights and the sounds any less interesting or intoxicating this time around.
  6. Feb 12, 2014
    70
    At times it seems to be too much under the influence of My Bloody Valentine--even the cover art evokes them--and their contemporaries, yet it does what it does very well and it would be harsh to overlook the fact that this is a strong debut in its own right.
  7. Feb 7, 2014
    60
    It's never boring, the dynamism of the tracks means they all have a sense of motion. It's just, after a while, there doesn't seem to be a destination in mind.

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  1. Feb 19, 2014
    9
    This is easily right up there w/ Yuck's first album-confirming Cheatahs as one of the very best of the 90's revivalist bands out there, easilyThis is easily right up there w/ Yuck's first album-confirming Cheatahs as one of the very best of the 90's revivalist bands out there, easily surpassing Total Slacker, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, etc. They wear their influences proudly on their sleeves (Dino Jr, MBV, Sonic Youth, Swervedriver, etc.). Yet somehow, they still manage to sound very fresh and exciting. This is already up near the top of my favorite albums of 2014. Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2014
    9
    This music is very much what I wanted to hear from My Bloody Valentine but somehow didn't connect with that band. Lots of heavenly reverb thatThis music is very much what I wanted to hear from My Bloody Valentine but somehow didn't connect with that band. Lots of heavenly reverb that keeps your attention, and though I can't tell what he's singing about (I'll read the lyrics later) I get the gist of it. Comparisons to Jesus & Mary Chain, who are more like goth-rock are unfounded inasmuch as, for me, Cheatahs are a different genre of music - Cheatahs being more pop/alternative; Jesus & Mary Chain "lite" so to speak. Try it. You'll like it !!! Expand