Fantasy Black Channel - Late Of The Pier
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  • Summary: The debut album for the British quartet was produced by Erol Alkan.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Fantasy Black Channel is the most thrilling British debut of the year for its spirit of invention, its surfeit of ideas and its ear for a good tune.
  2. 82
    Produced by Erol Alkan, the album's solid. And the band stands a good chance of riding out the vapid waves of its trendy contempories. [Holiday 2008, p.102]
  3. They might wear their influences pretty much inked onto their sleeves, but Late of the Pier’s debut is as exciting as it is excitable.
  4. Fantasy Black Channel is a tour de force comprising glam, techno, and rave, all of which he twists into unimaginable shapes.
  5. They might borrow from forefathers to lay solid foundations, but Late Of The Pier have proven, with Fantasy Black Channel, that they’re a band with ability well beyond the simple sum of influential parts.
  6. 70
    Their efforts are ambitious and commendable, but it seems like it will end up as one of those albums that may captivate you for a couple weeks--but will eventually be ousted from your recently played.
  7. 60
    The quartet's fervent debut, produced by DJ Erol Alkan, offers a fabulous simulation of '80s new wave, with burping, sputtering synths and sleazy, Bowie-inspired crooning from frontman Sam Eastgate.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. isaac
    Jan 15, 2009
    10
    An absolutely refreshing, frenetic, peerless debut, well worth the hype.
  2. JoeK.
    Jan 13, 2009
    10
    Sick Album, love it.
  3. Mar 3, 2014
    10
    Best album of them, I could say one of the best in the British Scene, loved all the songs, all of them, and by the way, I think is a band whoBest album of them, I could say one of the best in the British Scene, loved all the songs, all of them, and by the way, I think is a band who needs to be more recognized. Expand
  4. K.S.
    Jan 18, 2009
    10
    Great album - one of the best in the past year or so. My thing is this - it came out well into last year.....why is it a new release in 2009?
  5. May 24, 2012
    10
    This is the best electronic rock album of the last five years. Late of the Pier came onto the music scene, crushed it, then disappeared justThis is the best electronic rock album of the last five years. Late of the Pier came onto the music scene, crushed it, then disappeared just as quickly as they arrived. Expand
  6. May 24, 2013
    10
    One of the most innovative and groundbreaking albums of the decade. Every song has a unique ambiance and sound, resulting in a diverse andOne of the most innovative and groundbreaking albums of the decade. Every song has a unique ambiance and sound, resulting in a diverse and overall incredible album. Expand
  7. StephenC.
    Jan 16, 2009
    8
    Some say that the Klaxons are the front runners for this fututre electro/indie/disco/rock but Late of the Pier have created a more Some say that the Klaxons are the front runners for this fututre electro/indie/disco/rock but Late of the Pier have created a more invigorating sound. Expand