Trial Of The Century - French Kicks
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  • Summary: This sophomore disc finds the New York foursome moving a bit further into 80s synth-pop territory.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
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  1. Trial is as rhythmically acerbic and propulsive as the last couple of French Kicks offerings, but the pace is a little slower and more deliberate, the songwriting more cohesive, reflective, and mature.
  2. Lavished with luscious keys and gently chiming guitars throughout, ‘The Trial Of The Century’ tickles and teases the listener, offering subtle hooks that take time to appreciate.
  3. Has them concealing Duran Duran, Tears For Fears, Wire and U2 under a thick pea-soup of organ and rolling bass. [30 Oct 2004, p.65]
  4. A bit retro, for sure, but the Reagan-era references feel more fond than forced. [25 Jun 2004, p.165]
  5. Like a less electronic version of the Postal Service, on The Trial of the Century the band invokes nostalgia for that decade but puts it in a different context.
  6. Geographically, one would here have to imagine a borough between The Stills and The Walkmen. [Nov 2004, p.120]
  7. The French Kicks have changed dramatically and not always for the better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3