Touchdown - Brakes [aka brakesbrakesbrakes]
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  • Summary: The third album for the English quartet was produced by Paul Savage.
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  1. There’s no better soundtrack to getting by and falling in love as the world wobbles unsteadily about us.
  2. Fizzing with energy and wearing its Pixies hat with pride, Touchdown is a blast of brain-scrambled indie rock that reaches its apogee, of sorts, on the irresisitibly dumb 'Hey, Hey.' [May 2009, p.119]
  3. A slightly more polished and accessible album than their last, showing the band tightening their reigns slightly and turning in some of their tightest, cleanest work to date.
  4. There are fewer moments of reckless genre experiments on Touchdown than there were on past Brakes efforts, and when there are, they feel purposeful, like the band had some alt-country (or quick punk song) quota to fill.
  5. Touchdown is a concise, flab-free 35 minutes of music made by a band, which despite their collective CVs, probably wouldn't be picked out of a line-up.
  6. Oddly, the once-acerbic group is now best at being sweetly lovestruck. Now they need another facet that works as well.
  7. The band's third full-length, Touchdown, is more of a 10-yard pass than a score.

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