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