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. 80
    An arresting cocktail of post-punk angularity and instinctive pop savy. [Feb 2004, p.102]
  4. 80
    The minimalist grooves grow ever tighter. [Feb 2004, p.71]
  5. The album carries a compelling intensity among the varied and evocative songs.
  6. The Power Out may surprise and confuse listeners expecting Rock It redux, and the new album has a few rough patches and a general inconsistency due to Electrelane's willingness to experiment.
  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
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  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 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. Collapse
  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.