Stars Of CCTV - Hard-Fi
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  • Summary: The English indie rockers garnered a lot of attention with this debut album, which combines elements of ska, dance and punk.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The wonder of 'Stars...' is how magnificently alive all this suburban angst sounds.
  2. Archer and friends deserve praise for making an album so rooted in its locale so appealing to a wider audience due to the never-ending amount of catchy hooks and melodies on display on Stars Of CCTV.
  3. It possesses that raw energy that was present in two other exciting debuts, Is This It? by The Strokes and Definitely Maybe by Oasis.
  4. Hard-Fi's edge over more derivative rivals lies in a formula that delivers old Specials and Clash reggae vibes with the big-tune ratio of a boy band.
  5. 70
    The likes of "Hard To Beat" and "Cash Machine" jack not just the offbeat skank and dubby bass of The Specials but some of their creeping dread and downbeat humanity as well. [Aug 2005, p.92]
  6. Hard-Fi don't quite have the lyrical prowess or songwriting chops yet to make the dent they'd like. [#13, p.92]
  7. 40
    A steely-eyed desperation to succeed is transparent all through Hard-Fi's debut. [Aug 2005, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. EdwardM
    May 12, 2007
    Probably the most energetic album I've heard in the last 5 years. It takes a few listens to fully appreciate, but after that you'll be hooked. Collapse
  2. ancag
    Apr 3, 2006
    best debut album in recent memory, way better than artic monkeys.
  3. TrekD
    Feb 27, 2007
    Awesome, addictive & catchy. One of the best albums of 06.
  4. MusicMaven
    Mar 19, 2006
    Don't make the mistake of lumping these guys in with bands being overhyped by the British press. They are a cut above. Passionate and exciting, they evoke the guttersnipe outlook of the Clash while blending 2-Tone/Madchester dance beats into their loose-limbed rock. I give it an 8.5, but I've rounded up since it's taken so long for them to get recognized (on Metacritic and in the U.S.). Expand
  5. MeyaC.
    Mar 24, 2006
    when i first heard feltham is singing out, i thought this was something else. when i listened to the rest of the album, i said wow. they ARE something else. sometimes it can start to get boring after a few listens though...even though, they are better than a lot of other crap out there. Expand
  6. andrewt
    Mar 25, 2006
    A good album,just too much like the Bloc Party, or if you were to buy Hard Fi first, the Bloc Party would be too much like Hard Fi. You should only buy one of the two... "We need the next "big different band"". Expand
  7. Chris
    Mar 18, 2006
    Truly awful. This is rife with cliché, overblown bombast and trite "eclecticism". On top of that, some of the worst lyrics I have heard recently - "Can you feel it? Rocking the city, Ah yeah, straight out of nowhere-ness, Like a fist, can't resist you" - I mean come on, nowhereness! Expand

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