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  • Summary: This debut disc for the South London, England quartet (originally released in the UK in 2003) was produced by Victor Van Vugt (Beth Orton) and gained a Mercury Music Prize nomination.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
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  1. Lethally simple pop tunes which sound like they were written during a particularly good seaside holiday in 1974.
  2. A great record, guilelessly cheery and knowingly witty in equal measure.
  3. Catchy, almost childish verses suggest the playfulness of U.S. acts like the Flaming Lips. [28 May 2004, p.127]
  4. Perfectly, almost aggressively pleasant.
  5. Overall, it's refreshing to hear an album so disarmingly free of pretense... but those who like their rock with a little more edge are advised to look elsewhere. [#7]
  6. Athlete’s sound is a wondrous discovery for young teens just getting into “chart indie” or jocks who feel open minded for listening to something a little more complicated than Oasis. For anyone else really, Vehicles & Animals only offers up a smorgasboard of odd, inventive pop music that’s only odd and inventive enough to try and sound less like everything else.
  7. 40
    A wearyingly one-dimensional 45 minutes. [May 2003, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. May 14, 2013
    8
    Surprisingly good. An impressive debut that celebrates the rock scene of the 70s to the present day. Sometimes too happy and too intelligent for its own good. Expand

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