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  • Summary: This full-length debut for the UK-based indie-pop band led by Fyfe Dangerfield includes the previously-released single "Trains To Brazil."
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Guillemots are constructing their own universe and inviting interested parties to join them within it. I can’t remember the last time a band did that so effectively and so invitingly.
  2. Through the Windowpane maximizes and intensifies every moment, every muttered word and every touch of emotion.
  3. Positively overflowing with magnificent oddities. [1 Jul 2006, p.36]
  4. Here lie gorgeous tunes that are lithe enough to cope with the little bursts of sonic madness that flit around like overproduced Eighties butterflies.
  5. At its best... the band more than justifies the hype.
  6. With their grand orchestrations, love of idiosyncratic detail and self-consciously old-school dynamics, Guillemots sound refreshingly out of temper with the times.
  7. There's still a kind of inconsistency in the development of Through the Windowpane, an inconsistency that can't quite work itself out in sweeping strings and vaguely dissonant chords, and unfortunately, this diminishes the power of what the album really could be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. BobW.
    Feb 27, 2008
    10
    I love this album, having owned it for ages but only recently listened to it properly I can't leave it alone now.
  2. JackC
    Sep 28, 2006
    10
    A band I've kept an eye on for a while, and I am so impressed witht their debut. It links magical lyrics with genius music behind it A band I've kept an eye on for a while, and I am so impressed witht their debut. It links magical lyrics with genius music behind it fronted by a voice which ranks with the best. A must buy! Expand
  3. Mark
    Jul 17, 2006
    10
    This is just amazing..
  4. NastyR
    Jan 18, 2007
    10
    A Masterpiece. Romantic, lush and full of life. Steve N is deaf. Fyfe is a great singer, but your poor ears avoid the truth.
  5. gregs
    Sep 29, 2006
    9
    A great album, but it definitely gets better and better on repeated listenings. it's frustrating it's not out in the states, with A great album, but it definitely gets better and better on repeated listenings. it's frustrating it's not out in the states, with no indication when that will happen. Expand
  6. kamil
    Dec 3, 2006
    9
    Best album of the year. Pop music by guillemots is diverse amount of styles, from soul to jazzy pop. Fyfe have great voice (reminiscent of Best album of the year. Pop music by guillemots is diverse amount of styles, from soul to jazzy pop. Fyfe have great voice (reminiscent of lovely Jeff Buckley) and imagination. Euphoric and sad, opulent and restrained masterpiece from England. Expand
  7. Chaz
    Jul 25, 2006
    4
    It's certainly a carefully and delicately produced album, but the praise Guillemots are receiving is unsettlingly excessive. Having read It's certainly a carefully and delicately produced album, but the praise Guillemots are receiving is unsettlingly excessive. Having read such amazing reviews, listening to the album was a confounding experience of sitting and waiting for something spectacular to happen. I hope the positive press doesn't stop people from giving this a mindful and critical appraisal before it ends up as an unfortunate 'album of the year.' Expand

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