Finelines - My Vitriol
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  • Summary: This debut LP for the electric English quartet was originally released in March 2001 to enough critical acclaim that Sony/Epic picked the album up for a re-release in the summer of 2002. Their sound combines harder-edged alt-rock with "shoegazing"-style noise manipulation.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. If you only buy one album this year, make it Finelines.
  2. A compelling collage of urgent and moody alt-rock. [28 June 2002, p.143]
  3. Combining the brittle emotion of Bob Mould with Dave Grohl's understanding of rock dynamics, My Vitriol are robust enough for the moshpit while also providing the perfect soundtrack for those dark nights when the only company you need is a wine bottle.
  4. Finelines serves up Everybody Oriented Rock, sure to be a hit with both the critics and the slamdancing fans who ignore them. [Aug 2002, p.72]
  5. They tread a catchy path delineated by imploring vocals and shiny choruses that owe something to both Irish guitar-pups Ash and the Manic Street Preachers.
  6. The finest line here is the one between effortless thrash-pop and Slowdive's arse, and My Vitriol just tripped over it.
  7. One of the most disappointing debut albums I've ever heard.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 1, 2012
    16 tracks of pure indie guitar rock. This is a top guitar album full of great hooks and licks. More than half the record is instrumental with very few standard verse chorus verse tracks. The vocals are the least prominent aspect of the band. "Always Your Way" and "Windows and Walls" are the stand out tracks for me. If you like My Bloody Valentines "Loveless", this is in a similar vein albeit not quite as good. The most disappointing thing about the band is that there never was a follow up to this. Expand

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