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  • Summary: The Welsh Britpop band returns with its second album in 2001 and sixth U.S. release overall. The first single is "Stood On Gold."
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
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  1. The aged authenticity of these songs comes so easily that you'd be forgiven for thinking that they discovered the formula.
  2. How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart further underscores how brilliantly anomalous and unfashionably brilliant GZM are.
  3. This is one striking album from start to finish.
  4. There is a feeling of carefully constructed, mellow folk simplicity running through all these songs.
  5. Alternative Press
    Gorky's emotional punch is as heavy as it ever was--despite the bells and whistles. [Jan 2002, p.84]
  6. Spin
    Gorky's make the leap from ramshackle prog pop to meticulously crafted folk-symphonics. [Nov 2001, p.130]
  7. Magnet
    Finds the group farther afield than ever from the playful, energetic randomness that made its first records so utterly fantastic. [#52, p.88]

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  1. BrendanD
    Jan 30, 2007
    How anyone could not give this album a perfect score is far beyond the scope of my foggiest comprehension. It's not an album from which How anyone could not give this album a perfect score is far beyond the scope of my foggiest comprehension. It's not an album from which you can take a song or two and say, "This is what this album is." Rather, it's a mood piece, reflections on the impetuousness of youthful romance when seen in the rear-view mirror of post-adolescence. Some reviews I've read have said that the Zygotic ones lost their sense of exuberance, or that this record lacks charm. I wonder if we listened to the same thing. This is a record you listen to when spring is slowly fading to summer or October is bringing in the first whisps of autumn air; it's reflective, poignant, and beautiful. The gorgeous refrains of the title track give way to the best simple lyrics since the Beach Boys insisted that we add some music to our day, providing the perfect counterpoint to the jangling harpsichord that will make just-grown men weak at the knees. "Her Hair Hangs Long" devolves from a simple tune to a Velvet Underground dirge, as if John Cale has been reborn and is playing on the third Velvets record. It's an album not devoid of hope or cheer but devoid of the sentimentalizing of old age. It's filled not with regret but with meandering. The melodies take much time to build, but the payoff is as rewarding as any album of the millennial years. Expand

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