The Beatific Visions - Brakes [aka brakesbrakesbrakes]
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  • Summary: The UK band (now named in triplicate in the U.S.) fronted by former British Sea Power member Eamon Hamilton recorded this brief second album in Nashville.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The Beatific Visions is one of the most enthralling, deceiving and delightful albums of recent times.
  2. 90
    The Bush-Blair era has damaged these guys, and the results rule. [Jun 2007, p.105]
  3. Gone are the gimmicky fragments and Mcluskyesque scene-jabs. The Beatific Visions is dominated by direly catchy and fully fleshed-out songs that pop like punk, lilt like country, mutter politics, and reek of the garage.
  4. For an album, Beutific Vision fits uneasily together as these unchecked indulgences lead songs to genre hop with complete disregard. [Summer 2007, p.79]
  5. 70
    The pub stompers are as rowdy as ever, but they're balanced here by laid-back ruminations on romance. [Jun 2007, p.91]
  6. A positively unhinged record. [Dec 2006, p.133]
  7. 44
    What was once enjoyable as a one-off now seems forced. [#25, p.89]

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. [Anonymous]
    Feb 5, 2007
    6
    The Beach Boys meets Flogging Molly? I wasn't really feelin' it. The title song and some others were good, but for every good song The Beach Boys meets Flogging Molly? I wasn't really feelin' it. The title song and some others were good, but for every good song there's Porcupine or Pineapple, a really pitiful attempt at an War protest song. Even The Flaming Lips, with all their in-your-face ridiculousness, managed a more serious protest than the Brakes. I'd recommend avoiding this CD. Expand