Lay Of The Land - Seachange
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  • Summary: This loud but eclectic disc marks the debut for the sextet from Nottingham, England.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 90
    They’re the most unique band since The Van Pelt or At The Drive-In, with vocals comparable to the lyrical finesse of Tim Booth.
  2. String arrangements--plus frontman Dan Eastop's expressive vocals--save songs like "SF" from falling into rehash hell. [Jul 2004, p.146]
  3. 80
    [A] promising, flawed debut. [Apr 2004, p.110]
  4. The band's energy, intensity, and dynamism, as well as a collection of distinct songs, still do not prevent the record from sounding subdued and monochromatic.
  5. Whether or not the album really captures the bands reputable live show is utterly debatable, but it’s certainly one to inspire the imagination.
  6. At times, the intense-yet-underdeveloped feel of Lay of the Land makes it a claustrophobic experience, but its quieter moments, such as "No Questions" and the angular finale "Fog," still throw off sparks while allowing a little more breathing room.
  7. A real disappointment. [Apr 2004, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. paulj
    Apr 6, 2004
    8
    a few dry spots where all elements do not quite gel, but the high points are well worth a listen.
  2. BrianM
    May 2, 2004
    7
    An interesting album to say the least. There are some strong tracks on here and some duds. But the overall feel is energetic.