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  • Summary: This debut album for the British quartet was produced by The Smiths' Johnny Marr.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Combining the Verve's soul-searching themes with Radiohead's whisper-to-a-scream dynamics, Haven has come up with a weighty debut stocked with tender ballads, beautiful acoustic passages and several potential anthems.
  2. Mojo
    Some of the most powerfully surging melodies from a British band since the second Travis album. [March 2002, p.114]
  3. Haven's one weakness is their failure to ever pick up the pace or well, y'know, really rock; like Coldplay's two agreeable, unhurried albums, there's a sort of same-y-ness throughout Between The Senses' 12 lullabies.
  4. Like a new friend who turns out to be a bit of a bore when you let them dominate the conversation, repeat listenings reveal an album bravely attempting to be a monumental statement on the state of life and love but falls short.
  5. A few too many of these songs follow an all-too-familiar formula -- slow-burning introduction building to a crashing finale -- but on Still Tonight, Lately and last year's single Til The End, the bluster melts away to reveal Haven's passionately beating heart.
  6. Blender
    Most of the tracks don't quite rise above their obvious influences, Radiohead and U2. [#10, p.118]
  7. This record is dull, predictable aural soup, and dullness in music should be punishable by death.

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