Ten New Messages - The Rakes
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  • Summary: The London band's second album was produced by Jim Abiss and Brendan Lynch.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Their songs are longer and, in a move that is bound to set some fans' teeth on edge, their brash post-punk edge has been smoothed away to a polished pop finish.
  2. This new-found worldliness comes in tandem with a noticeable musical maturity. [Apr 2007, p.118]
  3. Ultimately, The Rakes have softened their blunt and focused their attention to detail. This is a far more cohesive record but at the expense of the brutal urgency so prominent in their debut.
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    In a crowded space, The Rakes have a place to call their own. [Apr 2007, p.96]
  5. With keen observations and piles of swagger tucked away somewhere for the time being, the Rakes could still be the soundtrack to plenty of lives-- or at the very least, daily commutes-- if only they could find the strength to muster a smirk.
  6. There is an immediacy and zest to the Rakes’ latest effort that is commendable, but it’s not that memorable.
  7. We’re treated to less-interesting takes on the work of Bloc Party and The Libertines, low on hooks and utterly devoid of interesting production quirks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. cruq
    Jun 27, 2007
    This album isn't as catchy as 1st one, but it is far more mature and it has got 10 really solid songs full of irony and positive cynism. Opening song is just stunning. And how it is possible to understand NME? They try to destroy every band that goes mature... Expand
  2. JesseT.
    Apr 5, 2007
    These guys are so underrated. Do yourself a favor and go out and buy this and their 1st record.
  3. ChrisS.
    Jul 3, 2007
    Every track is memorable in some way, catchy melodies and lyrics make up a far more complete album than their first effort Capture / Release.
  4. JuliusB
    Mar 30, 2007
    You know what's awesome? When bands drop their edge like a bad habit to sell records. This bears no resemblance to the band I listened to almost non stop in the Fall of 2005. Thanks, guys! Expand
  5. vintagelady
    May 2, 2007
    pretty average, doesn't really match the quality of the first album. No real 'ear-catching' songs
  6. dana
    May 17, 2007
    poor album, nowhere as good as capture/release, very dissapointed, not one good track on it.
  7. MarkJ.
    May 23, 2007
    Their first album was fresh, raw and very catchy, the second is rock pop at its worst.