The Only Thing I Ever Wanted

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jun 6, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The Only Thing I Ever Wanted is a true album, a coherent trail of interlinked melody and domestic adventures.
  2. This combination of quirky sounds and suave production lands the disc in musical territory that feels at once both innovative and familiar; something like Beck, Björk, and Velvet Underground meeting in a lazy Rio cantina only to discover they've all been listening to Stereolab and Nouvelle Vague.
  3. For those of you familiar with the band’s debut, 2004’s Tiger, My Friend, I can make this simple: The Only Thing I Ever Wanted is just as good.
  4. It’s this willingness to experiment with sounds and percussion that distinguishes Psapp from their electro-organic brethren.
  5. Another collection of songs that can be stamped with the compliment of being incomparable.
  6. Sophomore album 'The Only Thing I Ever Wanted' is the work of a band with a keening melodic sense, akin to the development apparent in the prime works of, say, Idlewild or the Delgados, and, impressively, it does this without losing any of the idiosyncratic DIY charms that characterised its makers in the first place.
  7. Q Magazine
    Weird and wonderful. [May 2006, p.129]
  8. The drab sound is a shame considering the well-constructed songs and Galia Durant's emerging strength as a vocalist.
  9. Spin
    Their sophisticated studio treatments make every sound sparkle. [Aug 2006, p.84]
  10. Uncut
    A decidedly sassier affair. [Jun 2006, p.110]
  11. Urb
    Like Stereolab backed by the Muppet Babies. [Jun 2006, p.114]
  12. Mojo
    Vocally and melodically, Durant aims for nursery-rhyme simplicity, sometimes to her detriment. [Jun 2006, p.100]
  13. Under The Radar
    Though the production is adventurous and innovative, the melodies and songs themselves can be a bit too similar to each other, with nearly every track finding a tasteful balance of playfully meandering melodies and plaintively wistful rhythms. [#14]
  14. Beyond the novelty of their fragile arrangements, Psapp write solid, thoroughly accessible songs.
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  1. gman
    Jun 15, 2006
    Songs with 'little noises poking out' (as Psapp perfectly describe their own sound). Ignore any of the lukewarm reviews above (they Songs with 'little noises poking out' (as Psapp perfectly describe their own sound). Ignore any of the lukewarm reviews above (they are no doubt written by critics who consider The Kaiser Chiefs to be the height of musical innovation). Psapp sound something like the Young Marble Giants fed through a modern filter of Herbert, Lali Puna and Matmos and are quite brilliant. The songs (and little noises) on The Only Thing I Ever Wanted are at least as good as those on their previous album and another little 'pop' gem (or what pop would sound like in a world where the CD buying public weren't complete morons). Full Review »