User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25

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  1. ChisL
    Feb 18, 2005
    6
    OK to listen to but it goes nowhere.There is nothing at all memorable on it.
  2. NeilG
    Aug 10, 2004
    6
    Seriously overrated record that although having it's moments of melodic nous leaves the listener underwhelmed. It has drawn comparison with the likes of Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips but it's songs are not in the same league. Shows some promise but not the finished article by a long way.
  3. JimO'Rourke
    Jan 26, 2006
    5
    Really pretentious and utterly forgettable, aside from 2 songs.
  4. LawlessR
    Jan 25, 2006
    6
    some songs have promise, but most of it is damn boring.
  5. AlexA
    Jan 26, 2007
    5
    Boring and pretentious.
  6. BenjaminBunny
    Dec 26, 2004
    6
    Listenable in the sense that it's hummingly inoffensive, but the Earlies are never as inspired as their obvious influences (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) and the result is pleasant, only occasionally striking psychedelic background music. Could be the most "cutting edge" music you'll hear at the Gap or Starbucks this year.
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 80
    A band who aim foolishly high but always return, wings intact. [Sep 2004, p.92]
  2. This music is the electronic, Warp-inspired answer to Brian Wilson's 'Smile.' [31 Jul 2004, p.41]
  3. 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.