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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Australian band led by Luke Steele.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. After a while shapes form and the structure of this masterpiece become clear - a wash of beautiful melodies and sumptuous chord changes that sit somewhere between George Harrison and Echo and the Bunnymen.
  2. Steele may be in thrall to [Brian] Wilson and The Beatles, but his talent is precocious enough to give him his own very singluar voice. [Aug 2006, p.112]
  3. Delicately layered with ornate instrumentation and hushed vocals, perfectly poised between joyful and damaged, 'Personality' sees off the previously over-obvious obsession with America's dizzy expanses and endless horizons, instead offering something infinitely more natural and personal.
  4. It's familiar, but ultimately too inspired to be derivative.
  5. On Personality, Steele faces his internal and spiritual conflicts through a soundtrack recorded for the Technicolor screenplay constantly drifting in his head. [Summer 2006]
  6. The album is impressive, especially in small doses or when Steele reigns it in a bit, as on the pretty, bossa-nova tinged "Miles Away." As a whole, it's a sometimes exhausting listen.
  7. Just a little less inscrutability, and this could have been a real contender.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. JohnB
    Aug 27, 2006
    At a Tower Records listening station the name The Sleepy Jackson caught my eye having heard the name-dropped in Ben Lee's "Catch My Disease" (my favorite pop song of 2005). Only the quickest listen sold me over the new Govt Expand
  2. NeilG
    Jul 26, 2006
    Lovers , the first Sleepy Jackson album was wonderful Performance is better. The Guardian had it right when it described Luke Steele as a "special talent".The record is bursting with ideas and will take a number of listens to really take hold but pays repeated listening. This is the work of a pop auteur in the Brian Wilson tradition. In short a superb record, buy it !!!! Expand
  3. JohnH
    Jul 25, 2006
    Reminds me of the 70's style pop. Great sounding songs with fun and memorable melodies. Its seeming that some indie bands are beckoning back towards the '60's and '70's styles while keeping the sounds of today making for a good blend. Expand
  4. GuyH
    Jul 27, 2006
    Near perfect pop album. A better album than the recent '...Mystics', 'Secret Migration' or 'Fambly Cat'. Impressive!
  5. stephenc
    Oct 16, 2006
    brilliant pop melodies. its hard to find a balance between extravagent melodies and excuisite lyrics but i believe steele has managed to do just that! however it does echo LOVERS, which is unfortunate. that said, still a brilliant record. Expand
  6. Guy
    Jan 4, 2007
    One great surprise.
  7. DecepticonPom
    Sep 27, 2006
    Haphazard compared to the faultless debut album.

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