Film School


Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Under The Radar
    Wondrous. [#12, p.91]
  2. Film School isn't breathtakingly original, but it is well made.
  3. An addictive and immersive debut album.
  4. It’s Interpol drinking with the Stratford 4 while doing their best Catherine Wheel impression.
  5. Right now, they're one unforgettable song from greatness.
  6. This is not a band on the cusp of something new and spectacular. It's a very good repackaging of what other new, spectacular bands have used to create their identities.
  7. A perfectly enjoyable and to-the-point album that leans heavily on influences like the Cure and My Bloody Valentine.
  8. Paste Magazine
    A marvelous mess. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.111]
  9. Urb
    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]
  10. At times, Film School achieve a foggy, grandiose psychedelia, but their compositions aren't always as shimmering as their production.
  11. Mojo
    Innovative it ain't. [Jan 2006, p.132]
  12. The guitar work is clean and atmospheric, the vocals light and poppy and the rhythms playful to reflective, but we've been here before.
  13. Q Magazine
    Frontman Krayg Burton's voice is a desperately weak instrument, his whispered snatches of melody never quite coalescing into memorable tunes. [Feb 2006, p.102]
  14. Uncut
    A dreary debut. [Feb 2006, p.74]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User 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
    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. Full Review »
  2. AlexA
    Mar 26, 2007
    It's everything an indie album should be.
  3. paulm
    Mar 30, 2006
    A great disappointment, not worth the five-year wait.