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  • Summary: This is the second album for the South London four-piece.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. The disc's cool atmosphere and expansive orchestral arrangements go a long way in making a mood.
  2. 70
    Their horizons have broadened. [Feb 2005, p.102]
  3. The problem for Athlete is that Coldplay are returning in a matter of weeks to show how it's really done. [29 Jan 2005, p.59]
  4. Athlete seem to have found a formula in the studio and left the autopliot in reverse.
  5. Instantly forgettable. [#16, p.139]
  6. A very disappointing step backwards.
  7. 20
    Beck (Sea Change) and Coldplay (Parachutes) already made the exponentially better versions of this album. [Jun 2005, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 9 out of 43
  1. gg
    Feb 14, 2007
    10
    Great
  2. tinytot
    Jul 31, 2005
    10
    cool album. amazing lyrics
  3. JeffB
    Oct 3, 2005
    9
    I stumbled upon Athlete by chance and haven't looked back. These guys are writing some of the most progressive and interesting songs out I stumbled upon Athlete by chance and haven't looked back. These guys are writing some of the most progressive and interesting songs out there. Just give them a chance. Expand
  4. jayjay
    May 17, 2005
    8
    i have read a selection of what the critics have said about this album. i don't agree with any of the comparisons to coldplay - they are i have read a selection of what the critics have said about this album. i don't agree with any of the comparisons to coldplay - they are dull and pompus and have (in my opinion) gone downhill ever since their first album. i would however agree this album is not as immediately catchy as the first but after quite a few listens it does grow on you considerably. athlete are amazing live i saw them play a lot of these tunes last year before the album was finished and cant wait to see them again later this year so i can sing along this time! Expand
  5. GraemeH
    Apr 19, 2005
    7
    I agree that it's not as strong as Coldplay but it's stronger than their first album and it's a good listen. The magazine I agree that it's not as strong as Coldplay but it's stronger than their first album and it's a good listen. The magazine reviewers have got it wrong. Expand
  6. RobC
    Nov 29, 2006
    4
    Just one or two good songs. They came late, the bri-pop wave is not here anymore.
  7. AdamX
    Feb 7, 2005
    0
    One of the most uninspired, plodding and downright dreadful albums of recent times... And to think I thought it couldn't get worse than Keane...

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