Give Blood - Brakes [aka brakesbrakesbrakes]
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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