With The Tides

  • Record Label: Kinetic
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2003
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

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

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  1. 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 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
  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.
  3. GabrielleS
    Oct 8, 2003
    9
    BUY THIS ALBUM! Each song is like a separate atmosphere you get sucked into. Some have haunting vocals reminiscent of former British gods the Beatles. Other tracks remind me of early Smashing Pumpkins. The riffs flow well together, the music never seems to come to an end, it all just melds together. It's amazing
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  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.
  7. Tom
    Oct 8, 2003
    6
    I am afraid this CD won't be played much after a couple months. And that's too bad - I got a heck of a lot of people into this band the first time around. It just feels like they go for the obvious hook way too often on this CD. Silver sun (9th track) is amazing though, download that one for sure.
  8. 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!
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Q Magazine
    80
    A second album full of ambition and epic arrangements so unexpected it knocks you sideways. [May 2004, p.108]
  2. Outburn
    70
    More mature than their debut. [#23, p.101]
  3. There's a sharpness that was absent before, a shift in focus and time that's strict in design.