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  • Summary: This is the fifth album for the reunited version of the punk band (still featuring Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle), now marking over 30 years since their original formation.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. As timeless and tuneful as any of their past masterworks. [10 Mar 2006, p.68]
  2. While not as dark, muscular or streamlined as the band's excellent, eponymously titled 2003 album, Flat-Pack Philosophy grows better and better with each listen.
  3. 80
    Shelley deliver[s] his best songs in years. [Apr 2006, p.96]
  4. Flat-Pack Philosophy largely trades in the darkness and aggression of its predecessor for a poppier, more melodic approach. It’s rather different from Buzzcocks but nearly as strong, showing that the last album was no fluke: the second version of the band has finally hit its stride in the studio.
  5. Though there are hooks galore to be found on Flat-Pack Philosophy, the tempos have eased up a bit so that Diggle's and Shelley's guitar parts have more room to interact with one another.
  6. It's a sterling testimony to both the songwriting skills of Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle and bassist Tony Barber's crisp production that Buzzcocks still sound so undeniably valid. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  7. Much of Flat-Pack Philosophy is mired in a muddle. [9 Mar 2006, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3