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  • Summary: The UK rockers' fifth studio album is their first to utilize an outside producer, Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. There is very little on Operate that sounds like anywhere Gomez have been before.
  2. [Gomez] sheds most of its psychedelic trimmings and bluesy wailing for a disc of tight, mature Chris Martin-style pop-rock. [28 Apr 2006, p.137]
  3. How We Operate is strong, focused, and a complete pleasure to engage; its maturity and confidence is beyond anything they've released thus far, and the experimentalism brought into play on their other albums is here.
  4. Everything has been stripped to the core, with the focus on creating a tight album from beginning to end.
  5. This is Gomez edging their way back to their best.
  6. No great leap forward. [Jul 2006, p.113]
  7. 40
    Only emphasises their problems. [Jul 2006, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24