Passionoia - Black Box Recorder
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  • Summary: This is the third LP for the English trio of vocalist Sarah Nixey, former Auteurs frontman Luke Haines and former Jesus & Mary Chain member John Moore. Together, they sound a bit like Saint Etienne, but with a much more political and satirical approach to their lyrics.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. If you think intelligence in indie lyrics must come at the expense of coherence, take in a couple of these impeccably linear narratives.
  2. A greater combination of accessibility and subversion would be nearly impossible to imagine.
  3. 80
    As ever, BBR's absinthe-flavoured acid drops give you a great deal more to suck on than the rest of pop's confectionery selection. [Mar 2003, p.112]
  4. 70
    An utterly original if slightly queasiness-inducing album. [Nov 2003, p.109]
  5. Unfortunately a lot of the record falls a wee bit flat.
  6. For all its wit and occasional beauty, Passionoia lacks the killer anthem that would make the band genuine subversives rather than cult wags. [Mar 2003, p.102]

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Jarred
    Mar 28, 2003
    9
    There is something about this record that's hard to pin down that not only makes it not only the best BBR albums, but also one of the most enjoyable records so far this year. Expand
  2. RadioChick
    May 16, 2003
    9
    Glorious! Best I've heard this year. Dark, tongue in cheek lyrics blend beautifully with upbeat synth/pop. Every listen reveals a new lyrical gem. Collapse
  3. sebastien505
    Sep 25, 2003
    9
    Brilliant. Only one thing disappointed me is that the sound of Sarah Nixey is too cold. This album is not suitable for people who are upset, as the tunes would make them even more down. Expand
  4. ChrisW
    Mar 24, 2003
    7
    The album is good, don't get me wrong. I think it's trying to be too clever, and far too English. Songs about Diana, and British Racing Green grate. The overall sound is pleasant, and there's enough good stuff on here to exorcise the bad stuff. No real stand out tunes such as the Facts Of Life, however. Expand

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