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  • Summary: This is the third album for the English band led by brothers Alex and Tom White, who are also members of the band Brakes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Tom and Alex White prove to be consummate pop musicians on this release, carefully arranging an arresting collection of songs that carry you from track to track and hook to hook with skill.
  2. For the most part "No Need To Be Downhearted" is a gorgeous record - big music full of small touches.
  3. 80
    Full of regret, hard-won wisdom and DIY pop artistry, No Need To Be Downhearted transcends bog-standard indie to build a world of sophisticated melody and ingenious arrangements. [May 2007, p.112]
  4. 70
    Surprisingly invigorated. [May 2007, p.89]
  5. The songs are lively and well put together, but sometimes they could be a little more fun.
  6. It’s hard to imagine a few stellar tracks and a well-flowing album being taken as a negative, but the result just isn’t enough to make these lads stick out.
  7. When it strays from charmingly retro to willfully 'raw' it all goes wrong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JakubM
    May 4, 2007
    10
    It's amazing. Definitely their best record yet. Just sit and listen!!!
  2. Simon
    May 4, 2007
    10
    Taking this band too seriously, or trying to pigeonhole them, seems to contradict the spirit of their album. They remain the masters of Taking this band too seriously, or trying to pigeonhole them, seems to contradict the spirit of their album. They remain the masters of intelligent pop song, capable of shifting mood without being wilfully difficult. What's more, their music is so damn enjoyable... so what the hell, enjoy it Expand
  3. BigSur
    May 4, 2007
    10
    Beautifully crafted music. Those guys really know what they're doing, unlike the majority of critics who praise Panda Bear's Beautifully crafted music. Those guys really know what they're doing, unlike the majority of critics who praise Panda Bear's one-note antics instead. Serious contender for best of 2007. Expand