Enemy Chorus - The Earlies
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  • Summary: This is the second LP for the ever-growing prog-rock collective that calls both England and Texas home.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. A great lost album in the making.
  2. A quantum leap in thought and execution from 2004 debut, These Were The Earlies.
  3. The Enemy Chorus' depth increases upon each listen. [#16, p.91]
  4. If their debut explored the space within, the Earlies' latest, The Enemy Chorus, peers into the void of the final frontier, with a similar kitchen-sink approach and more of the krautrock sprawl that characterized early singles like "Morning Wonder".
  5. Sure, the horns and strings are nice, but they don't really add anything to the already too-busy song structures.
  6. 20
    What had been a fascinating display of aural minimalism has morphed into a haphazard, ill-advised mess. [#75, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. IvanG
    Feb 9, 2007
    10
    an amazing album, like love at first sight!!
  2. KevinJ
    Feb 8, 2007
    10
    Massively underrated. The album flows effortlessly from dark yet catchy epics to quiet, soft tunes. The songwriting is top-notch. A beautiful reinvention results in what is easily my best album of 07 for now, although it'll be hard to top this. Expand
  3. chriss
    Jan 29, 2007
    9
    wonderfully dark and menacing....really refreshing to hear a band go for something different
  4. EricC
    Mar 3, 2007
    9
    As the split reviews have shown, either you like the kitchen-sink, more-is-more approach of the Earlies, or you don't. I like it, thus I like this album. It's very dark, claustrophobic, and dense, but worth the effort you put into it. Whereas I'd recommend their first album to everyone, this one is more for the people who already dig this type of music. Plus they really pull it off live, which is also very cool for a band this huge with songs this overwhelming. Expand
  5. bobc
    Feb 14, 2007
    9
    if I had just landed and wanted to know wot popular music was all about - this is one of the albums to which i would listen. an americano/anglo combo - more anglo, methinks, than americano, however it is an original piece of work - and like all really good albums, it is evolutionary, celebrating the past -welcoming the future. An electic mix of sounds - tracing, acknowledging, interpreting, contemporary music since the summer of love. Now there is a thin line between the eclectic and a dog's dinner - and this album falls on the right side. For some reason it has me digging out their previous work - and reaching for my beta band, gomez and i am kloot favs - some unknown reason. It's an album that's standing on the shoulders of giants. albiet short ones. Expand

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