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  • Summary: The British artist's debut album was one of the nominees for the 2007 Mercury Prize.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Experimental yet poppy, awkward yet unforced, Panic Prevention is a minor masterpiece from a truly bar-raising new talent.
  2. Panic Prevention is no classic, but a wonderful testament to intuition, which boisterously, and rightfully, posits Jamie T in that rare class of pioneering artist, one who has created a piece of work to stand with any of the other notable records released so far this year.
  3. A cheeky, delirious romp that's rife with humor and originality, this debut channels the euphoric sound of an underdog finding his voice and gaining his glory.
  4. Fact is, though, the best metropolitan records are part gutter reality, part romantic fantasy, and so it goes with Panic Prevention.
  5. What Treays has in abundance, and what Allsopp lacks, is original ideas and memorable hooks.
  6. Panic Prevention isn't much better than its best three or four songs, and it's due to Jamie T.'s stubborn insistence on being understood only by himself, or perhaps a precious few in his coterie.
  7. The little things are annoying, of course, like the “that'll do” pointless pop culture punnery namedrops that litter (“Starz in Their Eyes”/”Alicia Quays”), or the way they take up so much time with vocal samples from (old documentaries/self-help tapes) in the same way that a struggling student quotes increasingly large and irrelevant passages of text in a desperate attempt to meet a word count.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Mike
    Dec 23, 2007
    10
    This album is fantastic, one of the best of the year. So much fun to listen to and so varied. Not sure why it is only a 71.
  2. WillC
    Dec 17, 2007
    10
    Wildly inventive pop genius. Jamie T is a legend.
  3. KomradA
    Aug 11, 2009
    9
    Even until now it is an Album i can throw in when in doubt. In my Top 10 for sho. My first impression was less than stellar but this album Even until now it is an Album i can throw in when in doubt. In my Top 10 for sho. My first impression was less than stellar but this album grew into greatness for me. Highly recommended, in line with the streets, but far more revealing. Expand