Emergency - The Pigeon Detectives
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the British band was produced by Stephen Street.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Emergency is a confident second dose, not a lazy repeat. [June 2008, p.139]
  2. 60
    Those Libertines comparisons are a distant memory on Emergency, an album that ditches any tentativeness felt on last year's "Wait For Me," the band and producer Stephen Street going for Yorkshire-patented, Kaiser Chief-sized choruses, and Arctic Monkeys' kitchen-sink philosophising in the verses. [June 2008, p.102]
  3. Emergency isn't quite the great leap that was expected but does at least carry a few optimistic signs for the future.
  4. Individual tracks can feel forced rather than organically nurtured. It all means that by the time they hit ‘Making Up Numbers’ and ‘Everybody Wants Me’, there are no longer enough new tricks in their bag to hold our attention, and ‘Emergency’ bleeds away without a climax.
  5. 40
    The Pigeon Detectives' second in a year smacks of too much haste and too little thought. [June 2008, p.98]
  6. As Emergency proves, what they do is entirely generic, but it's hard to argue with its melodic efficacy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. MikeW.
    Jul 14, 2008
    Pales in comparison to the first album, which is not to say it isn't a good album, it just isn't as big as an accomplishment of an album, my recommendation is for the band to spend more than a year on the next album, and we'll be treated with another album more along the lines of Wait For Me. Expand