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  • Summary: The creation of Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, the Reindeer Section is a Scottish indie-pop supergroup. For this sophomore effort, the Section includes appearances from a whopping 27 people, including members of Belle & Sebastian, Arab Strap, Astrid, Mogwai, Mull Historical Society, IdlewildThe creation of Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, the Reindeer Section is a Scottish indie-pop supergroup. For this sophomore effort, the Section includes appearances from a whopping 27 people, including members of Belle & Sebastian, Arab Strap, Astrid, Mogwai, Mull Historical Society, Idlewild and Teenage Fanclub. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Most of the collaborators turn up only as backup vocalists or orchestra members, enabling Lightbody's heartbreaking ballads and sublime baritone to soar.
  2. The last thing you'd expect from a roster of 27 is breathing room, but Son of Evil Reindeer is full of it; I've found a lot of unexpected touches in the short time I've had the disc.
  3. Throughout the album's dozen tracks, the sentiment Lightbody conjures evokes real pain and real beauty.
  4. There's very little on Son of Evil Reindeer to perk up the ears for anyone with more than a couple Jeepster products in their Case Logic.
  5. Q Magazine
    60
    Son of Evil Reindeer has a fun, collaborative atmosphere which produces some truly unique moments. [June 2002, p.123]
  6. Alternative Press
    60
    While the musicianship is first-rate, the middling tempos and docile, homogenous instrumentation quickly grow boring. [Oct 2002, p.94]
  7. Mojo
    60
    The focus remains upon Lightbody's gauche romantic vignettes; nirvana for those who believe the world could usefully sustain a second Lou Barlow, but over an album's duration akin to persistent immersion in lukewarm herbal tea. [Sep 2002, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. SparkleKitty
    Sep 27, 2002
    10
    my new favorite. surprisingly feel-good. wistful.
  2. TopMan
    Oct 20, 2004
    10
    Top
  3. JD
    May 6, 2005
    10
    The quality is undeniable.
  4. JasonJ
    Feb 27, 2006
    10
    Brill
  5. Holley
    Feb 25, 2006
    10
    it's amazing and so much more
  6. ss
    Aug 24, 2002
    8
    its warm.