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  • Summary: The Birmingham, England post-punk quartet is the latest band to have the UK music press in a tizzy, with this debut LP drawing the usual comparisons to Joy Division and Echo & The Bunnymen. (Actually, they just sound like Interpol.)
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The Back Room is a fine album that proves you can look backward while paving the way forward.
  2. It’s how Interpol would sound like if they dealt with universal themes and reflection rather than singing about fellatio fantasies with Stella, or their length of loves.
  3. It is such a perfect counterfeit that it feels like the genuine article.
  4. "The Back Room" is, principally, a triumph.
  5. As much as The Back Room is a victory for style, it also strikes a blow for substance. [Aug 2005, p.135]
  6. The album starts repeating itself and the returns start diminishing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 61
  2. Negative: 3 out of 61
  1. Dec 6, 2011
    8
    A great debut album from English Indie rockers. Every 2nd track is an anthem here and there is only one or two filler tracks here and even at that, these aren't that bad. It's very much influenced by Joy Division but the band do a good job of giving their own take on that dark/robotic rock here. Rifftastic - a great live band too. Expand
  2. May 31, 2011
    8
    What a fantastic way to introduce yourself into the music world. This album has a great anthem feeling, with absolutely fantastic tracks such as "Munich", "All Sparks" and "Blood", all of which could easily be repeated over and over. And really loud, too. Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2013
    5
    The English post-punk revivalists have their moments on The Back Room, like the forceful opening track "Lights" and the propulsive "Munich". The best track is "Bullets", whose insistent refrain sticks in the brain and leaves a lasting effect. However, the rest of the album is completely forgettable. "Fall" in particular comes across as a sterile attempt to replicate the sparse atmosphere of Unknown Pleasures. The repetitive strumming sounds forced, like a poor man's "I Remember Nothing". Do yourself a favour and listen to Turn On The Bright Lights instead. Expand

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