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  • Summary: The half American, half English four-piece make their debut with an album that, like Manitoba's Up In Flames, combines organic and electronic elements from a variety of genres into a unique psychedelic stew.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. This music is the electronic, Warp-inspired answer to Brian Wilson's 'Smile.' [31 Jul 2004, p.41]
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    An outstanding record which you'd be unwise to miss. [Aug 2004, p.91]
  3. An astoundingly accomplished collection of flawlessly interesting and compulsively beautiful songs. [#8, p.109]
  4. Given that it’s a collection of EPs and singles, These Were the Earlies is predictably all over the map, a problem exacerbated by the Earlies’ wide-ranging stylistic ambitions and long-distance collaborative methods.
  5. What's impressive is the way they bring all these elements together, the natural world leading seamlessly into a brighter landscape of surreal otherness.
  6. A deliriously ambitious record packed with neo-psych lullabies and swooning choruses.
  7. It's not half-bad, providing you can get over the fact that the Earlies have yet to find a sound to call their own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21