Fantastic Playroom - New Young Pony Club
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

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  • Summary: The debut album for this indie electronica band from London, England.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The only thing that prevents Fantastic Playroom from being a wholly perfect creation is the simple fact that, as good as it is, this is still only their first album.
  2. Fantastic Playroom puts the emphasis on the content, not the trend, and in so doing makes a damn good case for post-punk's matriculation.
  3. It is a fetching 40-minute album, with each song supplying its own set of penetrating hooks, ear-ticklingly sharp guitars, moody synthesizer gauze, and mobile rhythms.
  4. NYPC's restrained disco needs to rip it up and get wilder, cos this down‘n’dirty posse is actually cleaner than a Boots cosmetics counter.
  5. After the sass and bluster of the first half, the record settles into a rather one-dimensional groove.
  6. It's almost as if Fantastic Playroom is trying to do too much. With so many agendas, it's a miracle that New Young Pony Club ended up all on the same page at all. Such ambition makes Fantastic Playroom a disjointed experience, but its triumphs are worth delighting in.
  7. New Young Pony Club claim they can give us what we want, but they haven’t got a clue what we need.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. JusticeB
    Jul 28, 2008
    To the CSS fan(s) you should know that Ice Cream and The Get Go were originally released in 2005 and CSS were aware of it. The bands are both fans of each other too so what's you problem? Expand
  2. AlexR
    Jul 20, 2007
    Let me say this first: this is not a "new rave" record. If anything, it shares more ties from 80s New Wave and should be given a more accurate label like "new disco" or something. This album makes you want dance, seriously. It's an incredibly upbeat album with a good flow throughout the whole thing. To all you indie scenesters/Pitchfork influenced kids, don't let review scores intimidate you from getting the album. Expand
  3. MattB.
    Nov 24, 2007
    This is a great debut. Rare to get such quality across a whole album - and creative writing throughout. Their confidence is evident in great hooks and expert pacing. Sure, they've chosen a familiar sound, but when it's delivered so well, you keep coming back for more. Highly recommended. Expand
  4. RichardS.
    Oct 4, 2007
    The album is ok and whoever is leaving all those zeros...dude stop using diff. names we know you are the same person.
  5. rogerm
    Jul 26, 2007
    the creppiest record of the year
  6. RogerW.
    Aug 29, 2007
    CSS did and do much better, don't waste your money in a fake polka band!
  7. JullyM.
    Sep 18, 2007
    CSS did the same thing before. And better!

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