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  • Summary: The UK five-piece worked with producer Tchad Blake for this fourth LP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Think of it as more of a mix tape because the British quintet's jam-band explorations dip into everything from Beatles-esque pop and Delta-blues-influenced ballads.
  2. In Split the Difference, Gomez has not lived up to, but surpassed, their initial success.
  3. 80
    Rather than trying to funk up and freak out the tunes with oddball sonic contributions, the fivesome rely heavily on the strength of their three-part harmonies and the head-bouncing guitar hooks. [#10, p.90]
  4. As an album it’s so random and erratic that it’s neither a brave step forward nor a disastrous wrong turn; just an entertaining detour while they workout where they’re actually going.
  5. On most of Split The Difference... Gomez pour on the punch that makes their live shows such a gas. [27 May 2004, p.82]
  6. If you've enjoyed Gomez's musical direction in the last six years, you're sure to take pleasure in listening to Split The Difference.
  7. 30
    By stripping away the symphonic, avant edge... [Gomez] loses much of what made it unique in the first place. [#64, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. time
    Aug 9, 2006
    10
    Their finest work to date. One of the best albums of the decade. :-)
  2. RobPep
    Mar 20, 2006
    10
    Amazing album that just keeps on getting better with every listen!
  3. AmandaP
    Jun 8, 2004
    10
    this is the best cd ever!! i love it so so so much! my favorite songs are number 6 and 11!
  4. AshB
    Apr 6, 2006
    10
    Gomez at their best. Dig these songs... Catch Me Up, Do One, These 3 Sins
  5. LoisB
    May 23, 2004
    9
    Superb on first listen!!!!!!!! Not many albums do that for me!
  6. ToddB
    Aug 25, 2004
    9
    If you want the truth on this album then just notice that the lower the score given by the critics, the more superficial the review. I If you want the truth on this album then just notice that the lower the score given by the critics, the more superficial the review. I actually didn't like this album the first time I heard it but it just gets better and better with each listen. Gomez continues to lay absolute claim to the title of the world's best unknown band. Expand
  7. RodB
    Jun 9, 2004
    6
    The effects were as original as always. The tunes were mainly non exsistent, with only a couple I want to here again. Sounded like a album of The effects were as original as always. The tunes were mainly non exsistent, with only a couple I want to here again. Sounded like a album of B sides from Beck or maybe Pavement. Expand

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