Machineries of Joy - British Sea Power
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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  1. Oct 31, 2014
    6
    It is clear that alot of work went into making this album. When you listen to the album closely you can hear the intricate details layered onto each song and the time and effort put in to the songs is obvious. The thing is, unfortunately the raw material (i.e. the songs) just isn't as potent or precious as was previously the case. The band do their best to mold as much melody and beautyIt is clear that alot of work went into making this album. When you listen to the album closely you can hear the intricate details layered onto each song and the time and effort put in to the songs is obvious. The thing is, unfortunately the raw material (i.e. the songs) just isn't as potent or precious as was previously the case. The band do their best to mold as much melody and beauty from what they have to work with and the results are impressive enough when you consider how standard the basic songs actually are. There are some great moment but they are sparse and for the most part the album stays in the shadows of the bands best days. Album opener "Machineries of Joy" and closer "When a warm wind blows through the grass" are the album highlights. Its too easy to get distracted on the journey in between. Expand
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    Machineries Of Joy proves that BSP are still in bloom.
  2. May 8, 2013
    60
    Though there are certainly more misses than hits on Machineries of Joy, its not for lack of trying, and those hits soar.
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    70
    It sees the Cumbrian exiles embracing their maturity and demonstrating restraint, without scrimping on the songs.