Dirty Words - The Departure
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  • Summary: This is the '80s alternative rock-influenced debut disc for the Northampton, England band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. This is the debut record of the year so far, which has effectively raised the bar by which other bands will be judged in the future.
  2. Dirty Words' accomplishment lies in its superficiality: its pristine, immaculate finish.
  3. As with other really good bands in this genre (such as Franz Ferdinand and Interpol) it transcends being just a mere mash of influences.
  4. While the icy Joy Division guitar chords and singer Davide Jones's faux-cockney delivery never sound entirely natural, their energy is compulsive. [Jul 2005, p.113]
  5. There's little in The Departure to justify the trip.
  6. 60
    It's an awkward, not entirely likeable mix. [Jul 2005, p.106]
  7. And the thing is, an over-reliance on pastiche wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that a) they’re running in grooves created by the wheels of the bandwagon they’ve arrived too late to jump on and b) they tackle it all in the most hopeless, hapless, school talent show cover band style of derivation imaginable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. bart
    Jul 7, 2005
    10
    Best album of the year! The chameleons (best band ever) revisited!
  2. MartinC
    Jun 27, 2005
    10
    absolutely fecking great little grower - stylus magazines full of shite
  3. PeterC
    Jul 3, 2005
    10
    Fantastic.
  4. DistantFrank
    Jul 20, 2005
    8
    a smashing, infectious debut!
  5. SteveH
    Sep 5, 2005
    8
    a little gem this one. yes its heavily reliant on the past, but lets face it, oasis vs beetles anyone?? Give this a go, its well worth your while :)
  6. thomasc
    Jul 29, 2005
    7
    not bad at all.....if you like early U2, the chameleons, and bauhaus pick it up - you could do worse