• Record Label: V2
  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2007
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16

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  1. vintagelady
    May 2, 2007
    5
    pretty average, doesn't really match the quality of the first album. No real 'ear-catching' songs
  2. cruq
    Jun 27, 2007
    10
    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...
  3. ChrisS.
    Jul 3, 2007
    8
    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
    5
    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!
  5. JesseT.
    Apr 5, 2007
    9
    These guys are so underrated. Do yourself a favor and go out and buy this and their 1st record.
  6. dana
    May 17, 2007
    4
    poor album, nowhere as good as capture/release, very dissapointed, not one good track on it.
  7. MarkJ.
    May 23, 2007
    4
    Their first album was fresh, raw and very catchy, the second is rock pop at its worst.
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The problem is not that The Rakes haven't sought to evolve; it's that they've done so too self-consciously and slipped out of their depth.
  2. 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.
  3. Mojo
    60
    In a crowded space, The Rakes have a place to call their own. [Apr 2007, p.96]