Kicking The National Habit Image
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  • Summary: The London duo of Rupert Lyddon and Lawrence 'La' Rudd make their debut with this '80s-influenced album (reminiscent of everyone from New Order to the Police).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. This is reggae-inflected rock filtered through Gorillaz-style genre restlessness. [31 Mar 2006, p.65]
  2. 80
    Touches of ska... and ethereal dream-rock... betray a penchant for late-'70s guitar experimentation, alchemised here by a brilliant pop sheen. [Jul 2004, p.101]
  3. Grand National's main skill lies in their ability to twin their fine songs to tight electronic productions, striking the perfect midpoint between live organics and cool digital sequencing.
  4. 80
    A stripped-back stroll through the summer of the '80s. [Jun 2004, p.106]
  5. Although the uniformly sweet pop songs on Kicking the National Habit sound influenced by the likes of the Police, Men at Work, Duran Duran, and the rest of the more commercial side of the early MTV era, the arrangements are more electronic in nature.
  6. 70
    There's a lot of passion and red corpuscles surging just outside the music's clean, primary-colored lines. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  7. Tracks such as "Boner" and "Peanut Dreams," stripped of any excitement, are nothing more than highly polished and easily forgettable songs to ignore at a swanky upstairs club.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11