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Jun 4, 2011Fans of Metronomy might criticise this album for being such a vast departure from Nights out and even more so the fantastic Pip Paine. To take this viewpoint, however, is to overlook the obvious quality of this record - masterfully constructed beach pop that defies any criticism of stripped-down over simplicity with killer riffs and stunning clarity of production. A chill-out masterpiece.
May 17, 2011The English Riviera has a much more laid-back vibe compared to Metronomy's last album Nights Out. It would be wrong to see no connection, as The English Riviera still has an emphasis on Synths, but the feeling is different. I wouldn't have been happy to see Metronomy revisit the same sound and am glad to see him / the band so comfortable in a sonic direction that is new to them. However, I still ever so slightly preferred their last album.… Expand
Mar 4, 2012I'd never heard of Metronomy before I picked up on all the hype surrounding this album. And what an album! It's impossible to finish listening to it in a downcast mood. It contains two of the best songs of 2011 in 'The Look' and 'The Bay' (The latter containing a chorus that is out of this World). The fantastic bass-work and synths on the album only adds to the chilled-out vibes. Heavily recommended to anyone with a good taste in music.… Expand