Superabundance - Young Knives

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    Superabundance is a record to treasure. [Apr 2008, p.104]
  2. 80
    Superabundance sees the trio break away from the neo-post-punk pack, in one swoop, but without sacrificing one calorie of their furious energy. [Apr 2008, p.109]
  3. Music is, by and large, entertainment and escapism, so regardless of whether Young Knives intend to add enlightenment to that formula, their hooks and their ideas--their entire musical package--are too intriguing and exciting to provoke the usual worries about agit-pop.
  4. Superabundance us a celebratory affair--a hugely likable and intelligent pop album that sings with human warmth and, ultimately, quiet defiance. [Apr 2008, p.106]
  5. The follow-up to 2006's Voices of Animals and Men is a slick collection of darkly sketched Britpop that combines in-jokes and jagged pop riffs.
  6. A welcome return for this premier Leicestershire combo, who specialise is substance over style.
  7. 70
    Many bands sound like this, but few do it so well, or with such dorky haircuts. [June 2008, p.77]
  8. 70
    The British trio's caffinated, smart-ass guitar pop only underscores that aura of snarky confidence. [May 2008, p.111]
  9. It's a decidedly bummer affair, and even though the aggressive tempos suggest they're willing to fight against the crushing weight of existence, there's no relief to be found anywhere in Dartnall's lyrics--not in material goods, not in your fellow man, and certainly not in romance.
  10. In essence Superabundance falls short of being either super or abundant.
  11. Young Knives gamble away the ending to a solid album.
  12. At their best the Young Knives can write as good a pop song as anyone in the country, but this is a disappointing second effort ironically weighed down by the English eccentricities that once helped them stand out from the pack.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. IsaacA.
    Apr 8, 2008
    Superabundance has it all and then some.