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Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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  • Summary: The very young Scottish four-piece shot straight to #1 on the UK charts with the release of this Britpop-flavored debut album, produced by Owen Morris (Oasis, The Verve).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The View are a study of all the essentials of British rock & roll.
  2. There's enough talent here to suggest that the hype around The View at the moment is thoroughly justified - hats off to them indeed.
  3. 80
    [It] burns with pop ambition. [Feb 2007, p.105]
  4. 70
    Hats of to the Buskers has a few top-notch tunes up its sleeve, but it generally fails to match the thrilling energy and shambolic charm of the [Libertines]. [#24, p.94]
  5. 70
    These young Scotsmen have grime to spare, along with a belief in rock's power to rescue them from it. [Mar 2007, p.99]
  6. In a vacuum, Hats off to the Buskers exists as a charming, innocuous piece of work, perfectly fine for mass appeal; in the real world, Falconer and company are gonna have to grin and bear just a few more Arctic Monkeys references.
  7. The View isn't bad, it's just that it's almost completely indistinguishable from countless other post-Pete Doherty, '60s-inspired Brit-rock bands. [#17, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. MartinF.
    Jun 25, 2007
    10
    This is an amazing album. Truely inspirtional and has brung rock music back to life. Great stuff guys!
  2. robn
    Feb 11, 2007
    10
    geein' this a ten because GUY H reckons a review saying 'HATE THIS BAND - AWFUL!!' actually makes up a decent review. He probably hasnt heard the record but oh well, i hear the clash, the beatles bob dylan, oasis, the libertines and a lot more in this record althought it isnt done as well as the mentioned artists work. Great opening track in a similar vein to Rock n Roll star from Definitely Maybe - sets the tone for the record. Theres few ctiricisms to made at this record but it just seems a little unfinished in places Typical Time for example could be an amazing piece of work, i thought i had a dodgy copy when mine stopped at 35 seconds but no it is a sweet but way too short track. Wasteland is my favourite track, it seems to combine the rock and reggae vibe that Joe strummer and Paul Simonon reached on Guns of brixton and numerous other Clash masterpieces. Skag trendy reminds me of 'The boy looked at johnny' with bassist/guitarist Kieron giving it his best Pete Doherty meets Iggy Pop teenage screams over a delightfully funky bass riff. Kyle could be the next great songwriter since pete doherty face for the radio only serves to support this. standouts - face for the radio, same jeans, wasteland, comin down, skag trendy if you are looking for a band that will change your lives like The beatles did in 1964, or Bob Dylan did in 1966 or The Clash in 1977 then look elsewhere. but if you are looking for a solid record that is consistent enough to be hled in high esteem in ten years time, then get this on your speakers. Who knows, the second album could just be called Dundee Calling. Expand
  3. aa
    May 3, 2007
    10
    excellent
  4. celsos
    Feb 10, 2007
    8
    Its a nice surprise this cd! Punk Rock and Rock n Roll mixed!!
  5. LoudonFast
    Feb 12, 2007
    8
    Sorta Like the La's meet the Buzzcocks. What's not to like? Standout cuts: "Wasted Little DJs," "Comin' Down" and Superstar Tradesman. "Same Jeans" sounds like a pop hit, though I could care less about pop hits. Expand
  6. friendofman
    Feb 4, 2007
    5
    meh.
  7. GuyH
    Feb 5, 2007
    0
    Just hate this band - awful!

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