Red - Guillemots
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  • Summary: This is the sophomore album for the British indie pop rock band led by Fyfe Dangerfield.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. There's not one duff moment during the album's 50 minutes - it's pop music to be treasured, loved and listened to for years to come.
  2. This follow-up's newfound glossy production sheen suggests that is the intention [to move toward the mainstream]--but the creativity within is far from diluted. [Apr 2008, p.109]
  3. Red’s a grandiose statement of intent, crammed with aspirational symphonies that run the gambit of popular culture over the past 40 years without ever succumbing to grating pastiche.
  4. All this Eighties-shaped over-production means Red suffers from the same problem as bedevils the BBC's 1981-set Ashes to Ashes: too much effort has gone into quirky nostalgic jiggery-pokery and not enough into credible plot.
  5. Guillemots cram themselves into awkward fits, and Dangerfield has to squeeze the hardest--whether he's tying himself to a straightforward ballad instead of clamoring for the rooftops, or standing up for a fight when he's so much more comfortable slipping into a dream.
  6. Red is at its best when it mines the new wave/Europop of Level 42 and Ultravox, especially on the infectious 'Clarion,' but those moments are few and far between.
  7. There's a minor detail to enjoy in almost every song on here, but the whole is average to the point of being physically sickening for anybody who fell in love with their magical debut.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Derringer
    Apr 11, 2008
    9
    This is a wholly unique twist on the concept of a pop album. The songs are fun, melodic, inspiring, danceable, and never cliche... Guillemots This is a wholly unique twist on the concept of a pop album. The songs are fun, melodic, inspiring, danceable, and never cliche... Guillemots have potentially made the most forward thinking and exciting pop album of the year. If you are lookiing for more of the debut, you'll be disappointed, but I personally got annoyed with their unnecessary long tunes that meandered at times on the debut (I LOVED LoveSong and Trains to Brazil though).... Definitely NOT an album to pass up. It takes a few listens but the red meatball will eventually overtake you. :) Expand
  2. May 14, 2012
    5
    there are some tracks on this album that are...audacious. i'll give you that, but this one has its moments still when i can lose myselfthere are some tracks on this album that are...audacious. i'll give you that, but this one has its moments still when i can lose myself completely. i imagine the inconsistency of this record can be attributed to the fact that Fyfe only wrote a couple tracks off of Red. what disappoints me most about this record, however, is that what Fyfe did so well with his lyrics on Through the Windowpane - the flimsy, whimsical, hopeless romantic - is gone. this is angsty, and it doesn't suit Guillemots. the bold, loud, clangy, boisterous music doesn't fit them either. Expand
  3. KenK.
    Apr 11, 2008
    0
    It became not pop.
  4. Riccardinho9
    Apr 15, 2008
    0
    Possibly the most horrific second album in the history of recorded music. After Through the Windowpane, this album is like going out to a Possibly the most horrific second album in the history of recorded music. After Through the Windowpane, this album is like going out to a swanky restaurant you know and love and finding yourself in a motorway cafe somewhere on the M6. God only knows what they were thinking. How to end our career in one simple move? Expand

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