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  • Summary: The trio worked with producer Dave Eringa (Ash, Manic Street Preachers, Kylie Minogue) for this sophomore release.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. 86
    Though With The Tides is undoubtedly the document of a band in transition, it gracefully lacks the awkwardness that usually marks the cost of evolution. [#7, p.92]
  2. There's a sharpness that was absent before, a shift in focus and time that's strict in design.
  3. 80
    Stalking drumbeats collide with lush chords and Joel Cadbury's smoky vocals for an emotionally fragile record. [May 2004, p.104]
  4. Though it's no masterpiece, With the Tides is certainly a good record. At the very least it should ease your Britpop jones better than Menswe@r.
  5. 70
    More mature than their debut. [#23, p.101]
  6. Rockist textures and lush dreamscapes that could very well be the Cocteau Twins take on heavy metal.
  7. Once you vacuum out the fluff there’s barely half an album left.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8