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  • Summary: The Boys' eighth studio release features features Johnny Marr on guitar.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Release couldn't be more lovely if it tried.
  2. Eventually, the tunes fall into place. What never materialize in sufficient number are the billowing climaxes and cutting remarks that mark their best albums, meaning most of them.
  3. 80
    Equal parts wit, heartbreak, cool... and potential commercial suicide. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.112]
  4. The group's most consistently rewarding album since 1993's "Very."
  5. The new "proper band" architecture well suits these touching, often funny songs. [Apr 2002, p.119]
  6. 80
    The Boys unleash some of their most sublime and accessible material in years.
  7. 50
    Half of Release feels like an old routine -- looming melancholy and not-quite-cheery disco by the pound. [Apr 2002, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JoergD
    Jan 31, 2005
    10
    Marvellous record ! Some really great lyrics and beautiful songs !
  2. TrixieMixed
    Jan 27, 2005
    9
    Beautiful Album......Excellent listening.

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