The Power Out - Electrelane
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  • Summary: The all-female indie-rock band from Brighton, England (who in the past have crossed Stereolab's love for vintage electronics with a more raucous sound) worked with producer Steve Albini on this second full-length, which incorporates vocals into the mix for the first time.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Recalls both early [Philip] Glass and Stereolab, at least until the squaling vocals begin, when it starts to conjure the art brut of punk foremothers like the Raincoats or the Slits. [Listen 2 This supplement, Feb 2004, p.16]
  2. Music that at once revels in and transcends rock traditions.
  3. The Power Out's most impressive feature is the musicianship and songwriting skill on display.
  4. This is probably destined for the darkest recesses of the John Peel programme, but it deserves the same attention afforded to similar one-offs such as British Sea Power.
  5. 80
    An arresting cocktail of post-punk angularity and instinctive pop savy. [Feb 2004, p.102]
  6. 70
    A heartfelt batch of art-pop that never sounds snobby. [Mar 2004, p.117]
  7. They've got better stuff in them, we believe, but, meanwhile, 'The Power Out''s strictly a forty watt affair.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RickK
    Apr 15, 2004
    10
    Best album I've heard this year thus far. Certainly the most ambitious--I can't recall another album with rocking songs sung in 4 different languages. A classic. Expand
  2. Pierre-EmmanuelL
    Feb 17, 2006
    9
    They have a gift for writing cloudy songs and let the listenner dreamily drift in the music
  3. ChisL
    Feb 18, 2005
    7
    A bit of a disappointment only in the fact that its clearly not as good as their debut.