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Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

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  • Summary: The duo's second album is far more vocal-oriented, and darker, than their debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. An immersive experience that has unexpected turns and deep emotions at the core of every song. [#10, p.114]
  2. 90
    A masterful submersion in the pop allure of ambient and house music. [#16, p.94]
  3. Perfect for a top-down ride to the beach. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.115]
  4. 60
    The beat-programming is crystalline, the feeling is frozen, the soul is northern if it's there at all. [Sep 2005, p.136]
  5. Even the best tracks bobble like a helium balloon tugging from a child's clenched fist... but not quite forcibly enough to pull free.
  6. There's nothing distinctive about it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    9
    Honorable Mention for obscure sounds such as Sombre Detune and What Else Is There? (which has beautiful vocals of Karin Dreijer Andersson), and for the most chill-out-oriented songs, such as 49 Percent and Beautiful Day Without You. A really interesting work. Expand

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