The Concretes - The Concretes
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  • Summary: The Swedish group (originally formed 9 years ago as an all-girl trio, but now featuring 8 full-time members) make their international debut with an album that manages to combine elements of classic Motown, Mazzy Star and the Velvet Underground.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
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  1. A snow globe of an album that's sparkling, brilliant and only held back by gravity. [Aug 2004, p.106]
  2. 84
    It's simple, easy listening. [#11, p.98]
  3. The tracks on The Concretes are easily their most accomplished, fluid statement to date.
  4. What's perhaps most interesting about the album is that it steers clear of most indie rock tropes.
  5. Definitely mysterious, but the songs on this record are obvious when it comes to the Concretes’ influences.
  6. It starts with impressive gusto but meanders towards the end, drifting into slow, forgettable balladry.
  7. All of this material is spirited, pleasant, and grounded in the context of rock history, but I'm still wondering who it is I'm listening to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. MarcusC
    Oct 13, 2004
    Pure bliss. This is the best pop album of the year.
  2. ParisP
    Oct 22, 2004
    Drenched in moodmud, this band is perfect for highrise living and slum city kitchen table painting. Victoria Bergsman's vocals are lamentous tones, like lifting open the windows to welcome the grey sunrays of Fall in. Their first album, Boy You Better Run Now, is good music to geek across the living room floor to. Paris Parks Expand
  3. DanB.
    Feb 6, 2005
    Love it. Tell me "Lonely As Can Be" is not absolutely amazing. Just tell me. I'll smack you upside the head if you do, tho.