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  • Summary: Self-produced album number five for Neil Halstead & co. is a more upbeat affair than the norm, with Victor Van Vugt (PJ Harvey) handling the mixing.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nothing they've done can match the pure pop beauty of "Puzzles Like You."
  2. Regardless of tempo, these are some of the strongest, most involving songs the band has ever recorded.
  3. Mojave 3's Great Leap Forward. [17 Jun 2006, p.39]
  4. Puzzles' songs are accelerated to the point of whiplash. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.128]
  5. "Puzzles Like You" may not stay the distance but there's certainly enough here to gain Mojave 3 the wider audience they deserve.
  6. There’s a wealth of experimenting going on in the studio with Puzzles Like You, and it creates a timeless A.M. radio sound. [#14]
  7. Puzzles Like You... is not at all Halstead's best work, and what has sounded simple and subtle before begins to feel simplistic and blunt; the songs here move with an energy that seems either forced or mocking, and on the whole embrace the kind of triteness they used to offset.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. petef
    Aug 5, 2006
    I listened this album today at the bus on the way to the beach and I found myself crying of joy
  2. calvinhobbes
    Jun 29, 2006
    One of the best album I heard this year. My real vote is 8 or 9 but I give it 10 only for the Uncut's score: I recently hate their reviews...).
  3. gernickk
    Jul 10, 2006
    Who needs critics?? Uncut bangs on about the recording quality for god's sake. The album sounds warm and there's only a few niggles on my part. (man with his trousers shorter...?!). But Puzzles like youmakes me warm inside. Breaking the ice makes my weep with joy. To wield that kind o power with just some instruments means Mojave 3 (with or without Rachel, but hopefully soon with!) are near godlike geniuses. I love all there stuff but this is so precious to me now, i can hardly find the words. Expand
  4. evans
    Jun 13, 2006
    Certainly a very different sound for Mojave 3. More conventional pop-crafted songs. If one can accept that the days of Ask Me Tomorrow are gone and go with the transition that Mojave 3 is making, they'll find a really well done, up-tempo album with that same twinge of melancholy that have defined the band. Expand
  5. ryans
    Dec 7, 2006
    i don't understand the reviews. normally i agree with the bulk of reviews but it seems critics missed the boat on this album. stop harboring the its not slowdive angst and enjoy the barage of gorgeous 60's pop. Expand
  6. JonL
    Sep 13, 2006
    Absolutely incredible. Their best album yet by far.
  7. mikes.
    Jun 26, 2006
    Great guitar pop album, a bit of a rip off of big star, but still good production and melodies, decent songwriting and a couple of singles make this album stand out. Expand

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