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  • Summary: Formerly known as the Xerox Teens until the copy company came calling, the British quintet releases their first full-length.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. 80
    This bunch of Southend art school layabouts, constrastingly, really cut the mustard, kicking up a distinctively murky din. [Oct 2008, p.108]
  2. It's a hook to beat all hooks in the middle of a desolate recording: a desolate recording that demands several listens to truly penetrate but has worthwhile payoffs subtly placed throughout.
  3. Ultimately, it's not that XX Teens throw everything including the kitchen sink at it, but rather that they drink everything under the sink and wait to see what happens. Welcome To Good Island is that kind of experience.
  4. Their power lies in drummer Pinstripe's jerky rhythms, which propel the band's adventures without lingering anywhere very long, which is sometimes a good thing.
  5. 60
    Peer behind the pose, owever, and you'll find a sparky outfit whose towering tunes, such as 'Sun comes Up,' match their lofty ideas. [Sep 2008, p.115]
  6. It sounds a bit like they're trying too hard, trying to be too clever in their pursuit of "technicolour joy".
  7. By trying to define they’re own specific legacy, they’re actually ramming it down their listener's throats, and daring the music world to question them.

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