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  • Summary: 'Runaway Found' marks the debut LP for the London (by way of New Zealand) rock outfit led by 19-year-old singer/guitarist Finn Andrews. Their epic sound has drawn the band comparisons to many of the usual suspects (Coldplay, Radiohead, the Verve).
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
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  1. 93
    Enigmatically beautiful, yet stinging with bitter cold. [#10, p.90]
  2. 'The Runaway Found' may have sounded great in 1996, but it also sounds great now, and by our reckoning it always will.
  3. Where Starsailor failed at morphing Britpop with orchestral flair, the Veils soar. [Aug 2004, p.118]
  4. Despite its maturity, melodic strength, and direct connection to what came before, Runaway Found can't fully distance itself from the suspicion that it might just be "eh" in the long run.
  5. The Runaway Found is an incredibly focused first album, giving evidence of how serious the Veils are about composing a stylish, quality sound.
  6. Falls between Starsailor, Travis, Elbow, Alfie, etc, always raising the question: who are The Veils?
  7. 40
    All pomp and bluster, like Coldplay at their most bombastic. [Mar 2004, p.108]

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  1. AnthonyS
    Oct 26, 2005
    10
    In a music world where magazines will print the best ratings for the hottest acts, based solely on the fact that it will sell more copies, it In a music world where magazines will print the best ratings for the hottest acts, based solely on the fact that it will sell more copies, it feels astounding to know that The Veils will be the best kept secret for true music lover everywhere. With all of these references to Starsailor and Coldplay, I think an enigmatic band such as The Veils should be compared more to bands who have truly opend new ground for other acts. Take Afghan Wigs, The Philharmonic Orchestra and throw in a dash of The Velvet Underground...Ladies and Gentlemen...I give you The Veils. Expand
  2. DeirdreS
    Jun 25, 2005
    10
    Every osng shines - one of the best albums of recent years
  3. ColleenW
    Jan 14, 2005
    9
    Love, love, love it.
  4. AndrewK
    Nov 16, 2004
    9
    It's bloody ace!
  5. MikeD
    Mar 2, 2005
    9
    It didnt leave my cd player for 2 weeks.
  6. nt.TanvilaiPong
    Jun 18, 2006
    9
    I love this album It sounds like nothing I've heard for many years.
  7. SamP
    Feb 24, 2005
    9
    Not a single bad track. Andrews voice is fantastic. 'Lavina' is one of the best songs I've heard in a long while.

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