Film School

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  • Summary: The San Francisco post-punk band's second album follows five years after their debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. An addictive and immersive debut album.
  2. Film School isn't breathtakingly original, but it is well made.
  3. 70
    Try the terms "hazy and honey-glazed" or "grandiose and gorgeous," instead [of comparisons to Interpol], with clearer allusions to The Cure and the American Post-Punk Songbook. [Mar 2006, p.113]
  4. A marvelous mess. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.111]
  5. At times, Film School achieve a foggy, grandiose psychedelia, but their compositions aren't always as shimmering as their production.
  6. 30
    A dreary debut. [Feb 2006, p.74]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. SeanR
    Feb 10, 2006
    8
    Critics are saying that Film School's sound has been done before, I agree, but not too many bands nowadays don't have a few pointed Critics are saying that Film School's sound has been done before, I agree, but not too many bands nowadays don't have a few pointed interests in what happend before them. If someone tells you that MBV came out of nowhere with their sound or that JAMC were the most original band ever, then I guess this album isn't for you. Film School has a lot going for it, great guitars, propulsive yet restrained drumming and an endearing voice behind the mic. It isn't Shoegaze or Post Punk or Noise or Dream Pop or Slowcore or any other kind ot pigeonholed scene. It is alternative music for the 2000's in the truest sence of the term. Taking everything that happened before and making it their own. Just like what the Wedding Present did in the 90's, what Echo and the Bunnymen did in the 80's and what Nick Drake did in the 70's. This truely a quality album. Expand
  2. AlexA
    Mar 26, 2007
    8
    It's everything an indie album should be.
  3. paulm
    Mar 30, 2006
    2
    A great disappointment, not worth the five-year wait.