Neptune - The Duke Spirit
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the British quintet was produced by Chris Goss.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. With Neptune, The Duke Spirit have dredged the sea of their collective talents and recorded a small masterpiece. [Spring 2008, p.75]
  2. An album of murky depth, of seductive charms and no end of style.
  3. For every tempest like "Lassoo" or "Neptune's Call," there's an unabashedly pretty moment like the almost serene "Wooden Heart" or "Sovereign," either of which would have been completely out of place on Cuts Across the Land — but it's the depth, power, and flair of moves like these that make Neptune the real introduction to the Duke Spirit.
  4. In a nutshell, Neptune is a bit like Grace Slick fronting the Bad Seeds but not as good as it sounds.
  5. The Spirit still play hard-to-get, which helps to avoid any ridiculous moments on this polished sophomore effort, but they're often too stand-offish to even challenge the listener, let alone push the envelope that their influences have so neatly prepared for them.
  6. There’s a more defined sound about their sophomore than to their debut, but in opting to clear up the blurred focus and smooth the edges of "Cuts," they also instilled in their music a thirst for hooks and melodies which they don’t always provide.
  7. Though their efforts to keep the flame of rock'n'roll burning bright are to be applauded, the feeling that the real standard bearers are tuning up elsewhere is impossible to shrug off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. CaseyRD
    Jul 4, 2008
    I am absolutely shock to see such a low score from an album that's been hyped the way it has on college radio and in the UK. I've I am absolutely shock to see such a low score from an album that's been hyped the way it has on college radio and in the UK. I've heard nothing but good press about this outstanding record....until now. I'm going to side with college radio this time because this album is a flat out masterpiece. Go out and get it. Expand
  2. SteveO
    Jul 2, 2008
    I honestly don't understand these reviews! The band is great and the songs are well written... This is a great indie rock album.
  3. J.ShepardC
    Jul 15, 2009
    Talent overload, outstanding performance but their best is yet to come!