The Snare - Looper

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. But shorn of the spoken word indulgences and look-what-I've-just-found electronica it's a leaner, hungrier beast, a more focussed, more alluring, more dangerous, but still tender trap.
  2. 70
    David has composed 10 songs that work together as a concept album. But for everyday listening? Well, that's a somewhat different story. [Jun 2002, p.87]
  3. Easy to dismiss, smirk at, or even hate on the fist listen, nine out of The Snare's ten tracks are grind-and-pause, semi-sultry pairings of exotic keyboard settings and mid-tech beats that exploit their refrains and come weirdly close to the patterns of 'risqué' after-dinner radio pop circa 1999-present.
  4. The Snare works well at moments and at other times feels like a rather tepid trip-hop release from a band still developing their sound.
  5. 60
    This sees David finally jettisoning his twee heritage for a filmic kitsch. [Jun 2002, p.116]
  6. Low on booty-shaking but high on atmosphere. [June 2002, p.119]
  7. Looper drops their bright playfulness for a sophisticated, darker counterpart which uses jazz, R&B, and trip-hop as its foundation.
  8. An album that lacks its own distinctive voice.
  9. With the murmured, strictly cadenced vocals, The Snare resembles an especially wan, uninspired rap record.
  10. But wait - is that the ghost of a melody on 'Lover's Leap'? Alas, no: it's merely the desultory whoosh of a once-promising career as it plummets, irretrievably, down the art-pop pan.

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