Places Like This - Architecture in Helsinki
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  • Summary: The Australian band's follow-up after its remix album, "We Died, They Remixed."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Places Like This is right up there with the year's best madcap adventures into dance and rock.
  2. This time, the energy is clear from the start, giving tracks like 'Heart It Races' and 'Lazy (Lazy)' the momentum to burst into the sonic equivalent of confetti.
  3. Architecture's instrumentation is more varied than ever before. Though they could've made another fine record by sticking to the simpler approach of their previous albums, it's refreshing to see a band take a more ambitious route, and do it well.
  4. 66
    Architecture's indulgent heart is the band’s strongest suit--and tracks like the vibrant 'Heart It Races' wouldn’t be half as good if Bird and company weren't willing to risk sounding a bit too sickly sweet sometimes.
  5. With such a sprawling array of instruments on offer, Places Like This is surprisingly one dimensional.
  6. 60
    The band offers their richest, most eclectic accompaniment yet. [Sep 2007, p.122]
  7. Unoriginal, haphazardly thrown together and lacking most of what could make it the least bit enjoyable, Places Like This just proves that Architecture in Helsinki is a one trick pony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. BernardoR.
    Aug 27, 2007
    10
    I don't understand this poor score, it's a great record, for sure a top 10 of 2007.
  2. kevink
    Aug 27, 2007
    10
    It's all about being catchy for me. and it is.
  3. SebastianZ.
    Sep 7, 2007
    10
    they dont sound like anyone else, quirky as hell and extreamly entertaining to listen to
  4. Paul
    Aug 10, 2007
    8
    I just love this album right now. It might get annoying after a while, but for the moment its the perfect high energy , upbeat , party album. I just love this album right now. It might get annoying after a while, but for the moment its the perfect high energy , upbeat , party album. Theres hardly a track you wont end up singing (insanely) along to eg: wa wa wa wa wa wa wa in "Like it or not" Expand
  5. DecepticonPom
    Aug 18, 2007
    7
    Yup, it's a bit smug (blame singer Cameron for part of that who moved to LA and created his bits there sending them over to Australia Yup, it's a bit smug (blame singer Cameron for part of that who moved to LA and created his bits there sending them over to Australia for the others) and a bit short (just over 30m) but it's still quality, shiny, unique pop music. Expand
  6. mikes.
    Aug 13, 2007
    5
    Not a bad album, however, architecture in helsinki try to be more pop on this album. In the process they lose some of their charm and on some Not a bad album, however, architecture in helsinki try to be more pop on this album. In the process they lose some of their charm and on some songs they sound down right annoying. This is an indie group that should be pushing the boundaries of experimentation and exploring creative possibilities. Instead they try to sound like the an 80's revival garage rock band and it doesn't work. A disappointment after their fantastic debut album and sophmore effort. This is a logical progression from "in case we die," but at the same time the band's novelty is starting to wear thin and more depth is needed instead of paper-weighted pop tunes. If i want to listen to pop music i'll listen to avril. Architecture in Helsinki has many flaws which include the band trying to hard to be mainstream and failing to create something of genuine substance. Expand
  7. mia
    Aug 13, 2007
    0
    bleagh. well, it's not my thing at all. i guess some people might like meaningless lyrics and hyped up vocals, but not this girl. yah, bleagh. well, it's not my thing at all. i guess some people might like meaningless lyrics and hyped up vocals, but not this girl. yah, makes me cringe. not as bad as Operator Please, though. Expand

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