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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Reading, England rock band.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. In its ambition, emotion, aggression and intelligence, Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose is a work of sheer bloody genius.
  2. By combining elements of metal, pop, jazz, and electronica, the Cooper Temple Clause create a broad album that is subtle and meticulous as well as driving and bombastic.
  3. Lord knows what's going to happen when they abandon their commercial concessions entirely (as we suspect this buys them the opportunity to do. Good), but this is stunning enough in its own right.
  4. What the band lack in cohesion they make up for with a healthy mania.
  5. An impressively thoughtful album. [Oct 2003, p.103]
  6. Although the Cooper Temple Clause pack plenty of celestial firepower and darkwave ambiance into their six-minute movements, by the time they unveil the epic "Written Apology", the sheer compositional weight is too much for a mortal listener to handle.
  7. In a mistaken lunge at maturity, the Cooper Temple Clause devote much of Kick Up the Fire to chilled introspection and black-water ambience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. KenzuK
    Dec 4, 2004
    I've listened to this album since it's 2003 release and I haven't bought a better record after since. It's good. It's so bloody good. Compare it to what you want but in my opinion it is nothing else but TCTC. They have created their own sound, (no its not radiohead or oasis or whatever some reviewers are saying) obviously influenced by these reviewers comparisons but these influences have not left footprints in the actual music. This album is why I listen to music and almost nothing goes even near it. Expand
  2. coalgove
    May 5, 2004
    I saw them live. Was blown away with the sheer genius and madness of tctc. Buy the album, you will not regret it. Mine has not left my cd player for a month. Expand
  3. richardm
    Feb 17, 2004
    fine album, the hybrid of some impressive riffs, the proof of the most intense synths around these days, and some very deep lyrics. and promises promises proves they have the rock within them. Expand
  4. CraigC
    Oct 28, 2003
    Another great record by CTC. One of the best bands in England, and typically being ignored here.
  5. RandyL
    May 5, 2004
    Very very impressive, never got to hear their 1st album so this was my first taste of CTC. Intense, innovative and emotional, truly progressive rock. Expand
  6. PaulF
    Feb 15, 2005
    After hearing the first album I wasn't sure whether to get the follow up. I'm not saying that the first was particularly bad, it just wasn't that great. However, after hearing so many positives about this one I decided to go get it. Lets just say I'm amazed at how far the Cooper Temple Clause have moved on from See This Through and Leave. Kick up the fire... is so much darker, so much stranger and so much more original. Even if you didn't like their first album, this one is a must own. It's grips you from the fantastic opening track 'The Same Mistakes' to the epic ending of 'Written Apology'. This is alternative rock at its very best and probably one of the greatest most original albums ever released. Expand
  7. MarcO
    Apr 1, 2004
    Shows the band has matured since their debut, and although it seems less loud than 'See This Through And Leave', some parts are genuinely fiercer. Expand