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  • Summary: Following 2000's 'We Love The City,' the self-produced 'Dead Media' is the UK band's fifth album in just four years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Dead Media thankfully brings the focus back to personal matters, and it sees a breath of fresh air introduced in the form of analog synthesizers and audio experimentation.
  2. As surefooted a return to form as could be.
  3. At best, Dead Media delivers tuneful, hilarious, pathetic tales of lost schoolboy love. [Mar 2002, p.81]
  4. It begins to wilt with tedium as it continues, as the drum machines and synthesizers give way to unimaginative organic instrumentation and bland, stale melodies.
  5. Dead Media works on occasion, but primarily when Hefner revert to the traditional pop trio format of bass, guitar, drums.
  6. The new electronic direction is likely to lose more fans than it gains.
  7. Most of 'Dead Media' resembles a third rate Pulp, Denim or Babybird - steeped in tales of sexual disappointment in bedsit land but without the considerable charm, warmth and wit of the aforementioned bands.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. OliverI.
    Jan 31, 2002
    8
    A very underrated effort. While critics seem to want to complain about the unsuccesful attempts at synth, they mostly overlook the fact that these efforts are few and that most of the album is understated indie rock. "China Crisis," "King of Summer," and the title track are excellent. Expand

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