Tournament Of Hearts - The Constantines
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  • Summary: The Canadian rockers follow 'Shine A Light' with this 10-track set.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. They're maximum ragers for minimum wagers. [21 Oct 2005, p.77]
  2. The greatest aspect of Tournament of Hearts is Bry Webb's singing. His voice convinces you of the truth of the emotion and power of his songs.
  3. What makes the Constantines appealing, then, is not that they do something totally new but rather that they do something familiar very well.
  4. Its tales of fleeting love begin with a swagger... [and] the next seven tracks represent a complete emotional collapse. [8 Oct 2005, p.43]
  5. It's gentler than its predecessors, relying on sweat and unresolved tension rather than a glorious gutter-poet deluge, though the change is more of subtleties than of substance.
  6. Good stuff. [#11, p.106]
  7. Lyrically, Webb and Lambke are as masterful as always, but unfortunately, somebody should have told them to focus more on the actual music, as the actual songwriting is inconsistent at best; for every one track that renews our faith in the band, there's another that shatters our expectations, disappointingly hookless, lifeless songs that just go through the motions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. TomasS
    Dec 31, 2005
    Working class rock'n'roll. Stoical and poignant at the same time. One of the best albums in 2005.
  2. AButler
    Oct 14, 2005
    A natural growth and progression. Even the redundant stuff is good.
  3. jmay
    Oct 11, 2005
    i've found this much more of a grower than their last one, except a couple of the more immediate tracks (like draw us lines). it's tense and down-to-earth. i like how the guitars are often used economically, making the songs seem really tight. Expand
  4. doctorcrunkenstein
    Oct 20, 2005
    Not their best, but at the risk of sounding cliche, the Constantines at their worst are still a hell of a lot better than most bands at their best. "Windy Road" is the closest they've ever come to a bad song, and almost singlehandedly drags the album down a point. It's hard to recommend this over "Shine A Light" and their self-titled album, both of which are modern classics... but at the same time, I can't imagine anyone who picks this up will be disappointed with it. Expand
  5. d
    Oct 17, 2005
    These boys rock, pure and simple. And they deserve to be HUGE. On second thought, no - I'd rather have them stay under the radar and keep making brilliant records. If they can pull off using a single chord for the duration of one entire song, and have said song ROCK like mad, they deserve all the best things in the world, and then some. Very, very good stuff. Expand
  6. Jables
    Oct 11, 2005
    Not as poppy as Shine The Light, but equally as good. There is more intensity and poinding of the fist but not in a Judas Priest kinda way. Lizaveta needs to be on radio immidiately and Good Enough is a song that can get all the panties on the emo poser chicks. Expand