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  • Summary: The debut album for the Scottish indie-rock quartet.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. These Four Walls is like a 50-minute, 11-song tour through the Scottish scene’s past, present, and future, emphasizing how much of the country’s best pop music has been concerned with transporting listeners to specific places, so we can all linger there together.
  2. These Four Walls retains its charm, even when Thompson goes to the well perhaps one too many times with the line repetition trick.
  3. These Four Walls is rousing, pop-like in its immediacy and pretty damn enjoyable.
  4. Sure, this isn’t going to frighten the rabbits just yet, but they do occupy a beguiling space between playful celtic reverie and the pits of drone-rock hell.
  5. They don't have the lyrical complexity of the bands that they will be compared to (from a young U2 to the aforementioned Frightened Rabbit), but they do have the energy and that's a promising place to start.
  6. You don’t doubt the sincerity, but it sometimes seems a bit too earnest, a bit hard to swallow, for these ears at least. Still, a promising debut, and I’ll bet they’re ace live.
  7. At times, WWPJ do give into their dour side too much, and while there's no denying that their dynamic shifts and all-or-nothing climaxes pack a punch, songs such as 'This Is My House, This Is My Home' and 'It's Thunder and It's Lightning' get repetitive. Fortunately, as These Four Walls unfolds, WWPJ show that they can do more than just anthemic angst.

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  1. IsaacA
    Jul 15, 2009
    10
    With a Scottish drawl akin to The View they combine the pop know-how of Snow Patrol, the talent for the slow-burning epic of Sigur Ros, and With a Scottish drawl akin to The View they combine the pop know-how of Snow Patrol, the talent for the slow-burning epic of Sigur Ros, and the driving guitar work of Biffy Clyro. Expand
  2. EliasK.
    Jul 12, 2009
    5
    Dull and staged. You keep waiting for these songs to break through and explode with some kind of energy but they fall flat.