• Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Jun 4, 2002
Metascore
51

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. Low on booty-shaking but high on atmosphere. [June 2002, p.119]
  5. 60
    This sees David finally jettisoning his twee heritage for a filmic kitsch. [Jun 2002, p.116]
  6. 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.
  7. An album that lacks its own distinctive voice.
  8. Looper drops their bright playfulness for a sophisticated, darker counterpart which uses jazz, R&B, and trip-hop as its foundation.
  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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