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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. Seamuss
    Aug 21, 2005
    A Complete difference from their stunning sophmore effort. This is one of the most accesable and original pop albums I've heard in years. Theres nothing forced about this album. It flows with the ease of a seasoned band and is one of the best Debuts i've ever heard. Brilliant. Expand
  2. RosieG
    Jan 26, 2005
    This band is absolutly amazing, how anyone call call it 'utter toss' is beyond me. Its hard to describe the music, my advice, just listen to it and you'll understand how good it is. Watch out for 'Tourist', they're new album, out soon :) Expand
  3. zeifgeist
    Jun 13, 2005
    An amazingly listenable and easy-going cd. I found myself singing along from the first listen. Songs flow one into the next, almost repetitve, but then break of into wholely original entities. This album occupies some strange place between indie and mainsteam pop; slacker-like vocal and musical styles meld beautifully with anthemic waves, but neither ever completely takes over the other. Great stuff! Expand
  4. May 14, 2013
    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
  5. OliverP
    Jun 20, 2005
    This album flatters to decieve for me. They are sometimes mildly witty, but the songs are on the whole very dull and bland, almost sleep-inducing at times. Expand
  6. CheiftanM
    Jan 20, 2005
    complete and utter toss. more boring than keane, and thats the biggest single achievement of this record.