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  • Summary: The follow-up to their hit debut album for the British indie-rock group.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Once Upon a Time in the West is a well-written, well-recorded, mainstream rock record.
  2. There's an Everyman appeal to Once Upon A Time... that suggests a band on the verge. [Oct 2007, p.88]
  3. 80
    Once Upon A Time In The West treads a similar path [as "Stars Of CCTV"], though this time Richard Archer and co have packed in more guitar wallop and catch-all harmonies. [Oct 2007, p.90]
  4. Although it's a little inferior to Stars of CCTV, Once Upon A Time In The West is a good album, make no mistake about that.
  5. The Brithish band takes its attention away from the variety and finds a moderate middle ground. This makes The West slightly generic and much more acceptable at the same time. [Fall 2007, p.79]
  6. Once Upon A Time is simply derivative, a rehash of the band itself.
  7. Once Upon a Time in the West is pretty dull itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. MikeS.
    Sep 18, 2007
    Album of the Year, easily. Uplifting, poignant, beautifully produced, not a weak moment on the whole record, and it's been years I heard a CD where I love every song (U2's Achtung Baby was the last - 16 years ago). Hard-Fi have released a CD that will bring people together, that will make people feel good about themselves, and I for one love it. Move aside Cribs, hang on to your hats Monkeys, Britain has some other lads to be rightly proud of. This will be a huge it, worldwide, because we've all been waiting for this immaculate feel good rock for years and Hard-Fi have hit the spot! Expand
  2. Cat
    Sep 18, 2007
    Probably the best album of the year.
  3. judweiser
    Sep 20, 2007
    Best album of the year! More impressed with this than angry mob, weekend in the city, and favourite worst nightmare. how anyone can say this is crap.. and worse to give it lower than 5 is just nuts. Its obviously not your genre of music if you think its that bad. This is the type of music i listen to(brit pop/rock) and this is definitely an excellent album if thats the type of music you like. Expand
  4. TheSmokingCupcake
    Oct 19, 2007
    Not quite up to Stars of CCTV, but a helluva lot better than we deserved. Why more people don't compare Hard-Fi's vibe to early Oasis is a mystery to me, but these boys wear their blue collars proudly. This is working man's pop music, despite is glossy sheen. Seriously, to all the haters out there, What's the Story?, proceeded by the Whatever single, sounded just as glossy and, if memory serves correct, got panned. In an era of New Order wannabes and (c)rap, a band with balls like Hard-Fi should be universally welcomed. Expand
    Sep 19, 2007
    It is a crap record! CCTV was great and "Hard to Beat" is genius....there aren't any moments even close. Save your money or throw it out the window even. Expand
  6. mydogputthepooinpoochlemiwinks
    Sep 19, 2007
    dumbed-down robbie williams wannabees, & that's not a particularly good thing. (lead singer's eyebrows over-tweezed between the eyes, above the nose). Expand
  7. Megakraak
    Sep 28, 2007
    Worst than the new Editors' album and the cover art is terrible. Hard-Fi need to work very hard to improve their knowledge in music. As the single says, it's a very suburban album. Maybe 'Once Upon a Time In Suburbia' instead 'in the West'. Expand

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