Ten New Messages - The Rakes
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  • Summary: The London band's second album was produced by Jim Abiss and Brendan Lynch.
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  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.
  4. 60
    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