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  • Summary: The Leeds, England band follow their acclaimed 2001 release 'Cold House' with this 10-track effort which, like its predecessor, combines acoustic guitars and some glitchy electronica elements into moody indie rock.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 90
    The distorted pop ambience of Outside Closer could very well make these Brits the Notwist of 2005. [Mar 2005, p.118]
  2. It's a sound that doesn't loudly proclaim itself, but nevertheless insinuates its way in, until it feels quietly indispensable.
  3. 86
    Their most realized album yet. [#15, p.101]
  4. The warm strumming and sparse beats make for an aching melancholy that stirs memories of Radiohead.
  5. They've created a world of tender reflection encompassing engaging melodic cycles, pastoral textures, glitchy interjections, acoustic decoration, melancholic strings, loose, jazz tinged drums, lonely horns, yearning guitar laments and delicate vocals: All melded into ebbs and flows that form a coherent universe through songs which all have their own defining characteristics.
  6. 70
    Surging volume is still far outweighed by wispy melancholy, but the contrast is rewarding. [Mar 2005, p.104]
  7. Genre-bridging should excite, thrill, agitate; yet... Hood are--still--hipster-miserablist Pet Shop Boys fans threatening suicide during rainy countryside walks. [15 Jan 2005, p.43]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. [Anonymous]
    Feb 10, 2005
    PHENOMENAL! Hood keep getting better and better. Don't wait another 4 years for the next record, guys!
  2. AlexW
    Feb 9, 2005
    the sound of falling snow. beautiful. an atmosphere no other band could create.
  3. VernB
    Feb 8, 2005
    Fuck NME! Damn stupids!!
  4. RandallG
    Feb 10, 2005
    it is amazing, NME and Junkmedia(read full review) manage to speak of nothing on this album.. Glitch-rock???, hardly or better yet barely.. how did they miss 7 out of 10 of the tracks.? honestly every track on this album has it's own character yet the album holds together. outside,closer contains Hood's past and at the same time is a complete leap forward into new complex/complete song structures. it has been wowing me for nearly two months. petshopboys???? try mixing neworder, talktalk(late) and this really god damned amazing band called Hood Expand
  5. Anandgyan
    Mar 18, 2005
    Recognizable from a snippet; yes they do have their sound and it's so nice. I cal it elegiac electronica with sprinkles of prog rock ... well they do have drums and guitars but I'll be daydreaming before dancing. Expand
  6. Linda
    Mar 5, 2005
    Actually I'd never heard of Hood before Outside Closer was album of the week on a local Sydney Aust. community station. I'd hear tracks in the on my way to work and they would stick in my mind all day. On the way home I'd hear them again and they would stick in my head while trying to get to sleep. Not sure why I like it so much, but I do. And is that all that counts in the end? Expand
  7. ChristianB
    Mar 14, 2005
    I like Hood. The new album seems to have too much texture and doesn't feel as organic as Cold House. I have listened to it numerous times and it seems to wear on my nerves. I do not know why I feel this way because I want to like it so much. I do feel that it is getting way to many high marks and reviews. This album just might be the ultimate grower. I do think that Hood are very talented and have alot of great ideas, maybe too many. Expand

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