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
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  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
  1. calvinhobbes
    Nov 15, 2005
    One of my last favourite albums. And I think it will play for a long time on my dj sets.
  2. MCLars
    May 3, 2005
    This album rocks and i think every1 hould just get out there and buy it now if they havnt already =D
  3. damianj
    Jun 27, 2005
    For people that love The Fiery Furnaces, or even Gerling, and always want something nice to go with them. I'm both.
  4. dup
    Apr 25, 2005
    On In Case We Die, AIH becomes a great band, though I think Fingers Crossed might be the better album. In any case, both make for far more endurable listens than the Arcade Fire's output so far. Mum and Flaming Lips are better starting points, there is absolutely no emo to be found in these sunny melodies. Expand
  5. DietVanillaMack
    Jun 27, 2005
    A wholly remakable album, which you'll appreciate all the more if you get to see them live. It's so much more than cutesy pop; I don't know where to start. The most ambitious and complex arrangements around right now. The Spin "review" is just plain lazy. Expand
  6. jeffm
    Apr 17, 2005
    I can hear a bit of the shins and the flaming lips too. amazingly creative, but with familiar melodies. the high pitched singing sometimes makes it seem childlike, but with that comes the great connotations of innocence and freedom. Expand
  7. Oscar-
    May 20, 2005
    I am from Australia. I saw Architecture in Helsinki support Belle and Sebastian last year. They were terribe then, and this album is little better. Like an overgrown bunch of insecure high school teenagers. Maybe its important transition music for some people, but god, the reaction its getting youd think they were Jesus! Expand

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