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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. 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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  1. Joris
    Mar 20, 2005
    10
    Thought I should give this album juwt a listen but fell in love with it. Blown away by tracks like Loosen Your hold, Nine Lives, Same Old Story, Colours In Waves and pretty much the rest of the album. And then there's that Radiohead-ish Threadbare; what a riff! One big word: HUGE. One of the best bands you have never heard of I guess Expand
  2. SARAHC
    Oct 16, 2003
    9
    Though this album does not flow as comprehensibly as their prior, it is still a beautiful collection of music. Each song posseses it's own quirky- romantic quality and is a testament to the band's ability to create singular music. One of my top ten bands ever. Expand
  3. SamL
    Feb 7, 2005
    9
    Have listened to this album for the best part of the last year and it is actually made better by seeing the band live. They link and play with a rhythm that reminds of the Mani/Reni section in the Roses and the dreamy vocals soothe over the top of some delicious melodies. Some weak songs let down the album but songs such as Colours in Waves and Loosen your hold are great, whilst if the album was on an old school double vinyl then the second half starting with Mend These Trends, Silver Sun and closing with the awesome Threadbare leave you very happy with your last 40 mins listening. Expand
  4. Calle
    Apr 16, 2005
    9
    By it! Great surf-style music wich make you wanne up and jump! Really great atmosphere thru the whole album, with different styles and different....whatever. LOVE IT! Expand
  5. RSkells
    Nov 28, 2005
    9
    an outstanding album, plain and simple. from "loosen your hold" to "silver sun" to "nine lives" to the rockingly outstanding "colours in waves", this is a tight, concise album with no filler. its moody yet upbeat, joyful and sad. the contradictions do not spell confusion or a lack of focus. they simply show honesty, something missing in mainstream music today. Expand
  6. DavidS
    Oct 23, 2003
    8
    this is a solid album. Although you can hear the obvious Cure influence, particularly in the guitar, it excels at conveying mood while laying down a nice groove. Although very different than their first work, it is almost as good. Almost. Expand

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