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  • Summary: Some early versions of the songs on the sixth full-length studio release for the British indie rock band were released as part of six EPs that were released in conjunction with its monthly Krankenhaus club nights.
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. 80
    Their fifth album finds them playing it relatively straight, and it's no bad thing.
  3. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    One of their most consistently impressive releases. [May 2013, p.90]
  4. Mar 29, 2013
    70
    If Machineries Of Joy doesn't win global adoration, there are songs here very likely to at least make someone's day, which is possibly an even more admirable goal. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.91]
  5. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    It's an environment that rewards more often than it disappoints.
  6. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    While British Sea Power do occasionally revert back to the anthemic formula that worked so well on previous albums, on the whole, Machineries Of Joy is a more considered and composed effort.
  7. Apr 5, 2013
    50
    Unfocused and uninspired, Machineries lacks the sprawling majesty and well-forged hooks of earlier efforts.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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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 layeredIt 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