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  • Summary: Another of the new new wave of New York bands, Elefant is fronted by Diego Garcia, who despite being born in Detroit and raised in Argentina, sounds awfully British on this short, ten-track debut.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    Diego Garcia has fallen hard for Interpol's diagonal guitar/bass chimes, but his band's debut also suggests The Cure's pop-conscious first album rather than Joy Division. [Jan 2005, p.102]
  2. Though it isn't the staggering atom bomb that was Turn on the Bright Lights, Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid is intermittently brilliant and wholly accomplished, establishing Elefant as more than a flash in the pan.
  3. 80
    The music is dramatic with a glammy Britpop insouciance, and Garcia is a refreshingly earnest romantic. [#16, p.117]
  4. Sunlight doesn't boast great pop songs so much as deliver an unbroken string of good ones.
  5. While the album is nicely succinct, it lacks a peak, a song to get really excited about.
  6. If Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid has that lovable ten-solid-songs consistency, it's less a matter of lacking filler and more a matter of writing a lot of inoffensive but uninspiring tracks that all wander down the same avenues.
  7. In a world where Interpol already exist, it's hard to get too excited about the twitchy Anglophilia here. [Dec 2004, p.136]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. D
    Feb 6, 2004
    I thought it was great. I hope this album takes them far.
  2. GustavP
    Jan 23, 2004
    El disco es perfecto la combinación de sonidos es magnífica, suena todo a una mezcla de varios grupos de los 80 y aires nuevos como Placebo, El cantante está muy guapo, si hasta parece Robert Smith, versión más afeminada, Amo a éste grupo. Gustav Pazzi Expand
  3. mercili
    Jun 19, 2005
  4. Nick
    Apr 10, 2004
    One of the best albums I've heard in quite some time.. not fully experienced until seeing them live, takes it to a whole new level.
  5. Eddie
    Oct 29, 2004
    I'm obsessed with this cd! Misfit is an amazing song. I can't wait to see these guys live...
  6. alisonb
    Mar 2, 2005
    love them and love the cd!!!
  7. MusicMaven
    Dec 28, 2005
    Elefant bring a light touch to their well-crafted, anglo-80's revivalist songs. The rhythm section maintains a solid backbeat while the guitar arpeggios ebb and flow. The synths provide twinkling countermelodies while frontman Diego Garcia croons his lovelorn lyrics. It's a tasteful job for sure, but it can get too mannered and emotionless at times. Expand

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