Up All Night - Razorlight
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  • Summary: One of 2004's Next Big Things in the UK music press, Razorlight make their full-length debut with this 13-track disc. Compared to the likes of Oasis and The Libertines, the band is led by self-proclaimed songwriting genius Johnny Borrell.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Eclectic, combustible tunes. [3 Dec 2004, p.85]
  2. The best British debut since Oasis? Definitely... maybe. But one of the albums of the year? Without doubt.
  3. As with the other great British debut of 2004 so far, by Franz Ferdinand, Up All Night ripples with cocksure sangfroid and a barely contained sexual fever. [Jul 2004, p.111]
  4. 60
    If Borrell's originality ever equals his confidence, Razorlight might be as good as he thinks they are. [Nov 2004, p.141]
  5. Razorlight is more than The Strokes, London Bureau -- all nervous guitar lines and neither-here-nor-there bar-hopping energy -- but what's left of the mucho-hyped UK outfit's identity feels second-hand borrowed, as well.
  6. It’s not Razorlight’s reflected experience that’s the problem, though, nor their clichéd rock‘n’roll romanticism - it’s the bewildering narrowness of their sonic vision.
  7. Razorlight is nearly everything wrong with rock and roll today.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 9 out of 39
  1. AndrewD
    Jan 25, 2005
    10
    Pure Quality, nothing better released since.
  2. JulianB
    Jul 30, 2005
    10
    Superbly written, produced and performed album, which is reminiscent of Television's 1977 NME album of the year 'Marquee Superbly written, produced and performed album, which is reminiscent of Television's 1977 NME album of the year 'Marquee Moon'(Praise indeed!). Looking forward to their second album as maintaining this quality will be difficult. Expand
  3. RyanJ
    Feb 13, 2006
    10
    This album is better than The Strokes' Is This It? Granted, The Strokes did all of this first, but Razorlight does it better. Where The This album is better than The Strokes' Is This It? Granted, The Strokes did all of this first, but Razorlight does it better. Where The Strokes collapse under their own overt supercool ennui and spartan posturing, Razorlight snaps, crackles and pops. The music is bright and brash, much more varied and unique than the reviews will lead you to believe, and, most importantly, tons of fun. Expand
  4. NorthFreedomFighter
    Apr 6, 2005
    9
    Plainly put, a well-thought out, fun rock record that stays in your head for months after your first listen. Reccommended for any rock fan Plainly put, a well-thought out, fun rock record that stays in your head for months after your first listen. Reccommended for any rock fan looking for a bit of spunk. Expand
  5. JohnMarkF.
    Aug 4, 2007
    8
    Very good and lots of fun to listen to. It will grow on you.
  6. jeffm
    Dec 9, 2004
    7
    this seems generic and a lot of the songs sound the same (actually, moreso the more i listen to the album), but it has such an overt this seems generic and a lot of the songs sound the same (actually, moreso the more i listen to the album), but it has such an overt sincerity that its hard to dislike. oh, its quite fun. and great production too. Expand
  7. jacob
    Feb 12, 2005
    0
    The songs are tedious, unoriginal, rip-off dirges with appalling lyrics. Johnny Borrell claimed early on that he was a better songwriter than The songs are tedious, unoriginal, rip-off dirges with appalling lyrics. Johnny Borrell claimed early on that he was a better songwriter than Dylan - sample lyric - "Hey girl/ Get on the dance floor/ And rip it up/ That's what it's there for" - in the light of this record the claim seems so ridiculous it is almost impossible to comprehend that this was not some 'hilarious' joke, like saying Christina Aguilera is a superior composer to Shostakovich. Borrell tries hard to paint a picture of the Dickensian, sex, drugs and rock'n'roll urchin lifestyle he desperately tries to lead, but ends up with one of the most unlistenably bad records of all time. If you're a poser and a fake, your music will sound posed and fake. No record illustrates this better than 'Up All Night'. Soulless and meaningless. Expand

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