Cuts Across The Land - The Duke Spirit
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  • Summary: The UK rockers (making their full-length debut with this Flood- and Simon Raymonde-produced disc) are fronted by Liela Moss, who has drawn comparisons to Patti Smith and PJ Harvey.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Decidedly raw and unprocessed. [#13, p.91]
  2. They've got an amazing musical connection between them and its evident on this tight, pulsating, thumping record.
  3. Cuts Across the Land is a strong, self-assured debut, even if the Duke Spirit needs to work a little harder to escape the long shadow of their forebears.
  4. Cuts Across the Land is an impressive debut from a promisingly assured and frequently striking group.
  5. An energised and impassioned, justly confident debut.
  6. 60
    Retains a uniform ambience of savage, unsmiling riffing. [Jun 2005, p.114]
  7. Even on repeated listens, the search for the showy dazzle of The Killers, the lyrical tomfoolery of the Kaiser Chiefs or the sheer stadium smartness of Franz Ferdinand proves fruitless, and it becomes apparent that, in an age where indie's proving to be the stronghold of overachievers, 'Cuts Across The Land' may have missed its moment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. JamesD
    Sep 13, 2005
    Straight away, I have to say "I love this album". "Win your love", "Love Is An Unfamiliar Name" and "Lion Rip" are fantastic, quick and energetic in-your-face rock songs. But don't get me wrong, the slower-paced songs, such as "Darling, You're Mean" are just as good, building up to a powerful finale! Leila Moss, not only being sexy and a great frontwoman, is a very very capable singer, and musically, the band are brilliant. One of the favourite ever albums. Highly reccomended! Expand
  2. GinaT
    May 9, 2006
    Cuts rocks and swings, has personality, and and updates beautifully tastemaking sounds!
  3. Michael
    May 8, 2006
    seriously one of my favorite albums this year . . . really fun band live.
  4. tim
    Feb 20, 2007
    Great record. Her voice is pure and lovly
  5. NeilJ
    Mar 9, 2006
    It's familiar in many ways and has a lot of good ideas on several tracks. The only problem is that some of the ideas aren't that good or some of the ideas haven't been fully realised. When it's good it's very good but half the time it's patchy. Should be a good second album...................... Expand
  6. TristramC
    Apr 25, 2006
    With current events what they are, these guys picked a bad time to breakthough with a name like that...
  7. Darren
    Mar 10, 2006
    I came in expecting so much more, and was left very disappointed. I felt totally disconnected from the music. It gets a four because they are obviously quite talented, but they have yet to realize most of it. Expand