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  • Summary: The British artist's debut album was one of the nominees for the 2007 Mercury Prize.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. With his debut record Jamie T has--whether he meant to or not-- sound-tracked perfectly the condition of being, as described in Michael Bracewell's book "England Is Mine," today's ‘suburban dandy.'
  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. Jamie’s world is full of real people just trying to get by, and he profiles these characters in an engaging way, delving into the debauchery and ennui of the lives of young people. He sets these profiles to beats and tunes as cheap and tasty as a warm beer in a hot bar.
  4. 80
    A glorious blend of wired energy and sullen attitude.
  5. 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.
  6. For all the one-paced nature of its songwriting, wilfully lo-fi production values, inevitable Lily Allen comparisons and grating larynx, Panic Prevention is still an enthralling debut, and one that says infinitely more about the life of young Londoners than any amount of Bloc Party seriousness.
  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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Mike
    Dec 23, 2007
    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
    Wildly inventive pop genius. Jamie T is a legend.
  3. KomradA
    Aug 11, 2009
    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. Collapse