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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the London-based electronica duo, who blend their minimalist, experimental tendencies with more organic elements, including vocals (think of a more playful version of Mum).
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  1. Psapp's music is so beautifully complex that upon first listen it might seem a bit haphazard or amateurish -- with all its bells, whistles, whizzes and whirrs -- but after repeated listens, the oddities take on a precise purpose and fit perfectly within the melodic structure.
  2. While Psapp clearly echoes its precursors in myriad ways, its sound is ultimately unique and its album far more accomplished than the conventional debut.
  3. Those who are intrigued by electronica but find it's too chilly for their tastes would be wise to check out Psapp.
  4. Sure, greater dynamic variety and some selective risktaking would be nice, but these precocious upstarts already got the tough part pinned down: subtlety. Psapp have laid themselves a remarkably self-assured template for subsequent outings.
  5. At times touching and at others completely silly.
  6. A massively inventive debut. [Feb 2005, p.104]
  7. An appealing but ultimately uninspiring work. [#8, p.116]

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  1. MaxS
    Jan 29, 2005
    10
    Amazing! great melodies, great song structure, wonderfully creative production. This album takes elements of pop and folktronica and mixes Amazing! great melodies, great song structure, wonderfully creative production. This album takes elements of pop and folktronica and mixes them to create music that is both fascinating and joyful in its freedom. absolutely first rate. Expand
  2. J.Henk
    Jan 25, 2005
    9
    Really lovely. One of the best new things I've heard this year.
  3. Gman
    Feb 16, 2005
    8
    The influences on this album are not hard to spot. It is clear that Psapp have been inspired by the likes of Laika, Pram, Stereolab, Mum, The influences on this album are not hard to spot. It is clear that Psapp have been inspired by the likes of Laika, Pram, Stereolab, Mum, Matthew Herbert and Lali Puna. However, despite the fact that they are not exactly exploring new musical terrirories, Psapp are far more than just another ''glitch pop' outfit and definitely have something of their own to offer. The irresistible child-like melodies and cheeky use of found sounds (including a kitten squeaking, on one track) create something truly special. Despite it's obvious quirkiness, it never becomes tiresome and you can't help but wanting to play over and over again. One of the best this year so far. Expand