Spokes - Plaid
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the London-based duo of Ed Handley and Andy Turner contains ten new tracks that promise to recall the darker mood of their work together in the Black Dog.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. And while it is a bit less corrugated than some of its early work, it packs a bite that's far more venomous than any of the sound-alikes that continue to nip at Plaid's heels.
  2. 80
    Intelligent and addictive. [Nov 2003, p.110]
  3. 80
    Their best in years. [Dec 2003, p.118]
  4. Rest Proof Clockwork and Not for Threes are both better LPs for the long haul, but that doesn't necessarily mean that there is anything particularly wrong with Spokes.
  5. At times its earnestness and self-conscious attempts to prove its own expertise make it seem more like the work of a surly, awkward late-adolescent.
  6. Indeed, there are some dull moments on Spokes, but plucking tracks from the record and turning them around under the magnifying glass probably misses what Plaid intended (this one seems meant to be listened to in succession).
  7. Nearly all of this territory has already been plotted with more detail and flair on Handley and Turner's first three records.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3