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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. GabiP.
    May 10, 2007
    Thank god Razorlight have grown up a bit.. a far better second album, their first still lingering in teenage angst (groan... cliche etc...) Bubbling with excellent melodies and likeability, it was the best album of 2006, er, along with Lilly Allen and Joanna Newsome. A mix of Talking Heads 77, Violent Femmes in their fresh, playful way. The difficult second album is a timeless classic. 10/10 Expand
  2. christianw
    Aug 23, 2006
    i thought it was pretty damn good. The band has clearly got its sights set on bigger things. As for the lyrics, i reckon johnny borrell is one of the best british songwriters around and thought the lyrics on this album were quite good. Expand
  3. 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
  4. richardj
    Aug 29, 2006
    Good Live and quite eye catching! However one good song "America" but that´s it! This group are so disappointing and really boring, his lyrics are poor and sometimes awful! So unimaginative and to think he is such a bighead for what reason! I really don´t rate their songs and i wouldn´t mind but they are always on the radio and unfortunately I work at Universal music so they play it all the time there too! Most overated album this year but i have to wait for Barbie doll Beyonce´s album yet cos that will be rammed up your arse and ear holes like your a major nymphomaniac! Recommendations for albums this year Outkast, Keane, Guillermots and Regina Spektor! So far! Expand
  5. JurgenB
    Jan 30, 2007
    This album is full of trite lyrics although some good hooks arise from time to time, never convinced by singer's voice, bland soft pop/rock, plenty of pointless guitar melodies strewed over. Expand
  6. TomP
    Aug 23, 2006
    Absolute crap. Another example of Q hyping up a load of rubbish.
  7. nickd
    Aug 28, 2006
    Look, I know that censoring art's frowned upon completely, but banning this band, and for god's sake this album, would be an absolute mission of mercy! If you own this album, and more than say, two others released this year, shame on you. This absolutely bland, uncreative, music-by-think-tank is the kind of arrogant rubbish which there is no place for in this world. Get lost! Expand

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