Slipway Fires - Razorlight
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  • Summary: The third album for the British quartet was produced by Mike Crossey.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Slipway Fires requires more of your time and duly rewards it. [Dec 2008, p.120]
  2. 60
    If the odd clunker remains ('Hostage Of Love' could be a Meatloaf out-take) Slipway Fires largely sees a return to the introspection of debut album "Up All Night."
  3. 60
    On 'North London Trash,' 'Burberry Blue Eyes,' 'Hostage Of Love' and the histrionic 'Blood For Wild Blood,' Razorlight have matured beyond bubblegum rock and may yet answer Borrell's prayers for immortality. [Dec 2008, p.100]
  4. Despite the grand aspirations and the faux-profound statements peppered among these 11 tracks, Razorlight’s third album falls short of anything they’ve previously done.
  5. An edgy rock album, reminiscent of Razorlight’s great debut, had been promised but is nowhere to be heard.
  6. In simple terms, then, the third Razorlight album is utter, utter cobblers.
  7. The rest of the band, a soulless cooperative between Sweden and the U.K., does their best to back him up, issuing rote, lifeless rock tracks that build appropriately to fist-pumping peaks, but it's Borrell's vocals that press this album past mediocrity into embarrassing territory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. DaanK.
    Feb 13, 2009
    10
    The best album of Razorlight!
  2. Ianb
    Nov 25, 2008
    10
    a razorlight album is always going to get bad reviews no matter how good it is i think this is a brilliant album they've topped what a razorlight album is always going to get bad reviews no matter how good it is i think this is a brilliant album they've topped what they did on their last album a must have. Expand
  3. JoeD
    Nov 19, 2008
    9
    Great album, totally doesnt deserve the slating it's getting by most reviewers, i love this album, razorlight try something new every Great album, totally doesnt deserve the slating it's getting by most reviewers, i love this album, razorlight try something new every album and once again it's a success. Expand
  4. JoannaB
    Jan 23, 2009
    8
    I think this CD is absolutely underrated. I think it's great and much better and musically more mature than their previous one. the more I think this CD is absolutely underrated. I think it's great and much better and musically more mature than their previous one. the more I listen to it the more I like it. Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2012
    5
    After 2 pretty solid albums and a progression from Indie band to chart toppers Razorlight seemed to have fallen between 2 stools on this one.After 2 pretty solid albums and a progression from Indie band to chart toppers Razorlight seemed to have fallen between 2 stools on this one. They haven't built on the slickness of their "Razorlight" album, neither have they reverted back to their alternative Indie style. This is it's record with mostly mid tempo soft rockers. There are 2 or 3 good songs on this but for more than half the time it's an effort to stay awake. Johnny B takes his self indulgence to new levels here. Expand
  6. TheSheez
    Nov 13, 2008
    1
    Get every rock cliche in the world and you have Razorlight. A ridiculous talentless frontman robbing better artists iaeas and coming up with Get every rock cliche in the world and you have Razorlight. A ridiculous talentless frontman robbing better artists iaeas and coming up with this tripe. Truly awful. Expand
  7. FelipeP
    Nov 11, 2008
    0
    What happened with them?? Anything of Barney's Pink is better than this trash, the worst album of the year, very boring!

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