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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
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  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. Essentially, it's "Lovers" part two.
  3. The album's most striking feature is its ability to avoid the musically obvious while still delivering golden pop melodies.
  4. It's familiar, but ultimately too inspired to be derivative.
  5. The Sleepy Jackson are an oddball treat for those who want their pop music to color outside the lines.
  6. 70
    [Steele's] way-back machine is aimed precisely for 1985. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  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
    10
    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 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
    9
    Lovers , the first Sleepy Jackson album was wonderful Performance is better. The Guardian had it right when it described Luke Steele as a 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
    9
    Reminds me of the 70's style pop. Great sounding songs with fun and memorable melodies. Its seeming that some indie bands are beckoning 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
    9
    Near perfect pop album. A better album than the recent '...Mystics', 'Secret Migration' or 'Fambly Cat'. Impressive!
  5. stephenc
    Oct 16, 2006
    9
    brilliant pop melodies. its hard to find a balance between extravagent melodies and excuisite lyrics but i believe steele has managed to do 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
    9
    One great surprise.
  7. DecepticonPom
    Sep 27, 2006
    4
    Haphazard compared to the faultless debut album.

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