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  • Summary: The Liverpool band's debut disc was, like similar-sounding recent discs by The Coral, produced by Ian Broudie. It was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Fuse[s] the best parts of '60s rock and '90s rock without sounding dated (see Oasis) or contrived (paging Franz Ferdinand). [Jan 2005, p.113]
  2. 83
    They find a woolly warmth and loopy generosity few English art-rockers have stumbled upon since the first Beta Band record. [Dec 2004, p.124]
  3. Blithe blues boogies for the tumbleweeds set. [22 Oct 2004, p.95]
  4. Inevitably, how they treat their dominant influences is what separates the Zutons from the Coral. While the Coral have yet to truly define their sound, The Zutons can bounce from funk, to zoot-suit swing (“Dirty Dancehall”) to alt-country (“Remember Me”) and yet have that tangible, original quality to their music that makes for an impressively cohesive debut album.
  5. It's a fine debut that hints at a finer future - and for their determined attempts to twist something new out of retro influences, we salute them.
  6. They’re waay better than The Coral, exhibiting none of the tedious, skunk-smoke wackiness that characterises their labelmates.
  7. While it's easy to break Who Killed the Zutons? down into a series of emulations, you still end up wishing it wasn't all so plastic and more... well, lifelike.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. KimmyH
    Oct 30, 2007
    10
    This is my all-time favorite album.
  2. GO
    Jan 10, 2005
    10
    One of the best albums of 2004. Enjoyed immensly. Some tracks do stand out more than others such as "confusion", "remember me" and "moons and horror shows". Each song is totally different to the next. Expand
  3. PawadeeS
    Apr 24, 2005
    10
    I think The Zutons awesome, I love all of their songs!!!!
  4. slobodan
    Apr 1, 2005
    9
    Very, very good
  5. Katy
    Jul 21, 2005
    9
    The Zutons are great. Each song has a differednt sound that is great in its own way. best of all they sound different than most other bands that are out today. Expand
  6. skelly2010
    May 2, 2007
    8
    I first encountered this band when they opened for Keane at a show i attended. They have long outlasted Keane in my music collection. A fine album.
  7. JohnF
    Dec 31, 2004
    1
    Utterly ridiculous; by the time the disc ends, we are left wondering, "Who really did kill the Zutons? I WANT TO KNOW, DAMMIT!"

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