Personality (One Was A Spider, One Was A Bird) Image
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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Australian band led by Luke Steele.
Score distribution:
  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