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  • Summary: This third album for the Brooklyn five-piece post-punk/dance-punk outfit was produced by Max Heyes (Ocean Colour Scene, Doves).
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Both infectiously danceable and highly intelligent.
  2. Unlike other would-be indie-dance pretenders, this is properly danceable stuff; fat basses and catchy percussion beats are punctured by intoxicating keyboard motifs.
  3. The album's sinewy rhythms and monochrome production sheen start to fade into the background after a while, but as far as capturing a certain political and musical zeitgeist, "Stealing Of A Nation" does so accurately, and with more honesty and integrity than most.
  4. Radio 4 show a real lack of gusto. [28 Oct 2004, p.98]
  5. 40
    Heyes has polished the band into tedium, with live guitars and drums drowned out by high sheen studio gloss and painfully dated loops. [Sep 2004, p.104]
  6. Stealing of a Nation is a slick, calculated record that misses its target on all accounts.
  7. Shows how slavish reproduction curdles into artistic bankruptcy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. HenryB
    Feb 16, 2005
    Ironic now that post-9/11 political protest is in full swing Radio 4 make their most passive and soul-less record to date. You only hope that live they can salvage some of the magic displayed on 2001's 'Gotham!' Expand
  2. FlinchBot
    Apr 26, 2006
    The worst record I have hear din years. I wanted to turn it off after the second song, but kept it in hoping to find any redeeming value in this. I want an hour of my life back, please. Expand