Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. An album so autonomous and remote it sounds like it's being beamed from a deep-space probe.
  2. There's a prevailing sense of definite vision, but not one of the product being excessively labored over. Sure, there's craft at work here, but whereas most albums recorded over long periods of time sound weary and defeated in the final analysis, The Noise Made by People is positively vibrant and alive.
  3. At first audition, Broadcast is disposable John Barry-inspired pop drenched in overcharged organs, egregious electronic overproduction and languorous vocals that somehow have no residue.
  4. A collection of more shimmering, weightless pop that is nostalgic for yesterday's visions of the future but remains on the cutting edge of contemporary music.
  5. Broadcast are detached and austere, but mesmerised by their discoveries in the radiophonic workshop. Current single Echo's Answer and the unusually upbeat Come On Let's Go are the best places to start, but this is a classic case of an album working as a whole. Hard work, but compelling.
  6. Broadcast manipulate their equipment to give the music the rangy pulse of jazz. It's electronic, but not shot full of skittering beats. The extra charge comes from the girl out front.
  7. 80
    Imagine the Bronte sisters trying to play Yo La Tengo music on Air's instruments with Joe Meek producing.
  8. Harkens back to the European pop of the '50s and '60s.
  9. 70
    The debut offering from England's Broadcast cascades over the listener like a lush film score.
  10. Broadcast's strange mix of electric keyboards, sampled strings, soundtrack chic, and Trish Keenan's coolly regulated vocals offering hypnotic chill-out music for the new century.
  11. Broadcast revel in a compelling slowness, even at their most cheery, with melodies just beyond sing-along enveloped in soft basslines and fizzing samples. [#46, p.28]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 3, 2011
    10
    The Noise Made by People is the first proper album by the English retro-futurists Broadcast. And it is also one of their best. The Noise gets its excellence in two elements: the usage of analogue techniques with modern recording and the haunting vocals by the late Trish Keenan. Her voice seems to guide us through the bleak mood of the songs like a light in the tunnel. A rather feeble light indeed. The bandâ Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2010
    9
    When I was a kid, watching UFO, and Captain Scarlet, and Blake's 7, I fully expected to be living in space by this time. Clearly Broadcast are. If Francois Truffaut made a movie on a space station, Broadcast would be the house band. Full Review »
  3. JimB
    Mar 27, 2005
    9
    Love this band! Love this album!-"Come On Let's Go" was clearly one of the best singles of 2000. This gem is cinematic,highly melodic,seductively eerie and a great late-night listen. Full Review »