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Universal acclaim- based on 77 Ratings

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  • Summary: This full-length debut for the Glasgow indie-rock trio (who are not actually brothers, despite adopting the same last name) includes the song "Flathead," which can be heard soundtracking a recent iPod commercial.

Top Track

Chelsea Dagger
Well you must be a girl with shoes like that She said you know me well I seen you and little steven and Joanna Round the back of my hotel oh... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Their punchy choruses and propulsive garage riffs are as addictive as those of 2006 sensations Arctic Monkeys. [16 Mar 2007, p.69]
  2. Costello Music crackles from top to bottom with nervous energy, confident songwriting, and hopeless confusion over girls, girls, girls.
  3. Right now, their bouncing glamorama feels like the most important album you could own.
  4. Most of Costello is like a madcap Glasgow pub crawl: It makes you elated in the moment and sorry when it's over.
  5. Fans might be better off putting "Flathead" on a homemade mix-tape than following the rest of Costello Music.
  6. Q Magazine
    60
    Full of borrowed ideas put together in a not unpleasant or unoriginal way, their sound is still too close to the myriad other wannabes trailing in The Libertines' and Razorlight's wake. [Oct 2006, p.119]
  7. The effect diminishes with each spin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. BobS
    Apr 5, 2007
    10
    Absolutely excellent
  2. RichardF
    Apr 13, 2007
    10
    Been in the CD player since it's UK release in September and I still listen to it with joy 7 months down the line.
  3. DamienC
    Aug 17, 2007
    9
    This is an awesome album, full of unpretentious rock, skinnied down to three glaswegians kicking up a storm. Great Stories.
  4. Nov 30, 2010
    8
    A highly enjoyable album. Fast-paced, fun, lots of energy and bawdy lyrics. Can understand the detractors but never fail get excited whenA highly enjoyable album. Fast-paced, fun, lots of energy and bawdy lyrics. Can understand the detractors but never fail get excited when listening to this album. Unfortunate that Chelsea Dagger has become synonymous with football chanting imbeciles but never mind. Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2011
    7
    There are only two or three songs on here I didn't like a lot. There's about 4 tracks I absolutely adore. I love their style. The melodiesThere are only two or three songs on here I didn't like a lot. There's about 4 tracks I absolutely adore. I love their style. The melodies are catchy as hell. My favorite songs are "Flathead", "For The Girl", "Got Ma Nuts From A Hippy", and "Chelsea Dagger". I'd definitely give this album a shot! Expand
  6. Jul 15, 2013
    6
    Although many songs die down with repeat listens, it's one of the few albums I can sit down and listen to all the way through. Each song onAlthough many songs die down with repeat listens, it's one of the few albums I can sit down and listen to all the way through. Each song on this album is fantastic. The entire thing is energetic, catchy, and will be sure to have you singing along. It's almost too much to handle in one sitting. Expand
  7. AdamX
    Mar 15, 2007
    0
    One of the single worst albums you will ever hear. Glorified oom-pah music for morons.

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