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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the British folk ensemble was produced by Rupert Christie.
  • Record Label: Island
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, British Folk, Alternative Folk
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    The formula remains the same, with traditional songs reworked with rousing big-band arrangements, and from furious opener Let Her Run to the rock-influenced Greenwood Side, they sound slicker and more confident than ever.
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    80
    There is a joyful exuberance to Revival, which has U2 and Coldplay arranger Rupert Christie at the helm.
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Revival ranks among their best work and is definitely their most contemporary effort in tone.
  4. Jul 2, 2014
    80
    There's something almost rave-friendly about their effervescence at times. [Aug 2014, p.102]
  5. Jul 24, 2014
    80
    The results are generally spectacular. [Jul 2014, p.93]
  6. Jul 1, 2014
    70
    A cherry if tad predictable offering. [Jul 2014, p.71]
  7. 60
    Subtlety is, of course, the first casualty in the stampede for the folk mosh pit, and singer Jon Boden sometimes strains too hard for drama, lapsing into hamminess on murder ballad Greenwood Side.