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Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

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  • Summary: This full-length debut for the Glasgow indie-rock trio (who are not actually brothers, despite adopting the same last name) includes the song "Flathead," which can be heard soundtracking a recent iPod commercial.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Their punchy choruses and propulsive garage riffs are as addictive as those of 2006 sensations Arctic Monkeys. [16 Mar 2007, p.69]
  2. Costello Music crackles from top to bottom with nervous energy, confident songwriting, and hopeless confusion over girls, girls, girls.
  3. Right now, their bouncing glamorama feels like the most important album you could own.
  4. Most of Costello is like a madcap Glasgow pub crawl: It makes you elated in the moment and sorry when it's over.
  5. Fans might be better off putting "Flathead" on a homemade mix-tape than following the rest of Costello Music.
  6. Full of borrowed ideas put together in a not unpleasant or unoriginal way, their sound is still too close to the myriad other wannabes trailing in The Libertines' and Razorlight's wake. [Oct 2006, p.119]
  7. The effect diminishes with each spin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
  1. BobS
    Apr 5, 2007
    10
    Absolutely excellent
  2. RichardF
    Apr 13, 2007
    10
    Been in the CD player since it's UK release in September and I still listen to it with joy 7 months down the line.
  3. DamienC
    Aug 17, 2007
    9
    This is an awesome album, full of unpretentious rock, skinnied down to three glaswegians kicking up a storm. Great Stories.
  4. RyanT
    Aug 20, 2007
    8
    Excellent album. Catchy and fun. I've been listening to it for weeks.
  5. ChristopherW.
    Sep 18, 2007
    7
    I blindly picked this album up at the local libary yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by the energy, drive, and humor is this music. This I blindly picked this album up at the local libary yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by the energy, drive, and humor is this music. This is a good soundtrack for fun times, simple as that. Cool right through! Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2012
    6
    This is an ok record. On first listen it sounds great but you get tired of it pretty quickly. There are definitely some good tracks on it butThis is an ok record. On first listen it sounds great but you get tired of it pretty quickly. There are definitely some good tracks on it but too much of it is recycled indie music by numbers. Expand
  7. AdamX
    Mar 15, 2007
    0
    One of the single worst albums you will ever hear. Glorified oom-pah music for morons.

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