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  • Summary: This is the first full-length studio release in over eight years for the British indie rock band.
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  1. Mar 6, 2020
    90
    After a few listens to England is a Garden it's hard not to think that they have finally hit the target right in the center and reached their very particular and unique brand of perfection.
  2. Uncut
    Mar 4, 2020
    80
    A joyous album, one that doesn't wander off along unnecessary tangents and keeps their indulgence in check. [Apr 2020, p.29]
  3. 80
    An album that’s as enchanting as it is astute, from a band to treasure.
  4. Q Magazine
    Mar 4, 2020
    80
    Despite the backward glances, a record very much in the moment. [Apr 2020, p. 106]
  5. 80
    It’s never as transcendent as 1997’s When I Was Born For The 7th Time, but when Tjinder exhorts “amplifier to the echo chamber… mixer to the microphone” on St Marie Under Canon it doesn’t sound like a tired old rocker glumly gazing round the studio for ideas, it sounds like liberation, celebration.
  6. Mar 20, 2020
    80
    England is a Garden is a beautiful and well-worked project. The five years wait it induced is retrospectively more than worth it as it is one of the most thoughtful and listenable albums the band have unleashed for quite a stretch of time.
  7. Cornershop’s cult is one you’ve either already signed over your seventh-born to or will watch pass you by with a fascinated bemusement.

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