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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