In Case We Die - Architecture in Helsinki
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  • Summary: Imagine the Arcade Fire dosed with happy pills, stocked with toy instruments and forced to score a musical about the 1980s, and you may start getting close to the idea of this eight-piece co-ed band from Melbourne, Australia. This second album follows recent tours with the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, David Byrne and Belle And Sebastian. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Like Blueberry Boat, this is a triumphant album of good bits.
  2. Armed with more ideas than should probably be legal, Architecture in Helsinki can't be bothered to dwell for too long on any one of them, and it's this fickle nature that will make you either adore them or deplore them.
  3. Even the most hardened, poker-faced purists will crack a smile at AIH's ridiculously catchy, hook-riddled dance-pop.
  4. It's all very sweeping, operatic and inviting.
  5. Part pep rally, part school-time innocence, In Case We Die is nothing if not full of life and enthusiasm.
  6. Sometimes this all-inclusive attitude falls flat, like on the trading male-female vocals of "Tiny Paintings" or the collective shouting that is littered throughout. Yet when everyone harmonizes together on "Maybe You Can Owe Me" and "Do the Whirlwind" it sounds unforced.
  7. 25
    Spastically twee, painfully saccharine. [Jun 2005, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23