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  • Summary: Brakes is an often-jokey, garage-rock side project for British Sea Power keyboardist Eamon Hamilton, who here steps to the forefront, playing guitar and handling lead vocals. Joining him are members of Electric Soft Parade and Tenderfoot on 16 tracks that range from six seconds to 3:39 in length.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Some observers classify these ditties "country-punk," while other crankily insist they're "anti-folk," proving mainly that nobody knows what to make of simple little guitar-band songs on a scene where everyone's busy refining his or her artistic vision.
  2. One of the most witty, ambitious and intelligent British guitar albums thus far in 2005.
  3. Full of fraught, frivolous fun. [11 Jun 2005, p.67]
  4. The music is comfortable, lacking the self-conscious over-rehearsed feeling of other new bands.
  5. Genuinely funny. [#11, p.114]
  6. Lunacy has seldom sounded more exhilarating. [Aug 2005, p.126]
  7. If you took away the melodica, the masks and the mystery of a band like Clinic, you’d be left with a Brakes; competent, middle-of-the-road, going nowhere fast.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. MaxJ
    Jan 28, 2006
  2. VanderV
    Sep 14, 2005
    It´s very funny and much better than the last British Sea Power album. It was recorded in 5 days!!!
  3. tedl
    Oct 3, 2005
    The one bad review I've seen of Brakes was likely written by a members of a band/scene skewered on GIVE BLOOD. This is a collection of brief, abrasive pop songs that provide anecdotal commentary -- nothing too deep, but generally spot-on observations that are not often noted. I could do with a little less twang on the next one, to which I am looking forward. Expand
  4. RobbinL
    Oct 14, 2005
    Primarily rewarding, if not silly. The catchiness is undeniable on some, and some seem just plain amateur. The nod to the JAMC is a pleasant gesture, but Ms. Sandoval has got nothing to fear. Overall, I would compare it to an average episode of Night Court. A decent portion of Dan and Harry with just a little Bull. Expand
  5. JC
    Oct 27, 2005
    I saw the Brakes live at Mean Fiddler the other night and to be honest I found it quite bad. As far as melodies go, it's not mediocre, but there's really nothing exciting about it. However, the lead singer should really take up singing lessons, and I'm not even sure that would be enough to overcome his appalling singing capabilities. It's like hearing Arcade Fire gone horribly wrong. Definitely hear it before you decide to buy it! Expand