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  • Summary: Chris Thomas (U2, Pulp) produced this brief, self-titled follow up to the Johnny Borrell-led band's 2004 debut 'Up All Night.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. In its progress from raw ambition to actual intent, this mirrors U2's great leap forward from Boy and October to War. [Aug 2006, p.108]
  2. [It] touches on everything great about classic, epic rock from the past 30 years.
  3. Razorlight ultimately has more in common with Wham! than The Jam, and Bay City Rollers more than The Strokes. But the band can write a hook.
  4. 60
    It strives shamelessly for the widescreen appeal of U2's Big Music. [Aug 2006, p.88]
  5. Up All Night is far from terrible and often a pleasant listen, but there’s nothing particularly enchanting about singer Johnny Borrell’s “vox,” and if anything seems to be lacking here, it’s perhaps a sense of musical identity. [#15]
  6. The tight arrangements are impressive in their guitar-bass-drums spareness, but the overall feel still falls somewhere between sterile and silly. [7 Sep 2006, p.107]
  7. The solipsism and trite accounts of benders from the first album are still there, but the music has gone exceedingly soft.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Apr 23, 2012
    The follow up to Up All Night, their eponymous second album has less rough edges and the hit single "America" was a clear statement of intent that the band wanted to make a transition from Indie club band to stadium fillers. The album is very strong but at times it does have a contrived feel about it. At 10 tracks, it's short, sweet and too the point. The first 6 tracks are far stronger than the 2nd half and I feel the record loses momentum once you pass the brilliant "I Can't Stop This Feeling I've Got". Expand

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