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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10

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  1. tim
    Jan 30, 2007
    9
    their best album yet
  2. AmberC.
    Sep 12, 2002
    10
    i love this album! i can't get it out of my head!
  3. GavinR
    Jun 18, 2005
    9
    tim wheeler is one of the best sonwriters around... shining light is one of the best love songs of recent times. its a shame they cant reproduce music to this standard more consistantly, their previous two albums fell short of the mark but this is a true return to form and arguably better than'1977'
  4. matta
    Jul 19, 2005
    9
    Catchy and engaging. Plus, gotta love the dvd that comes with it. The video for Candy just makes that classic even better.
  5. Sep 14, 2017
    9
    Spawning a massive 6 singles this is one of the catchiest collection of punk pop songs that you will come across from the 00's. It reallt could almost be considered a singles collection and the sheer number of classic hits here make up for the few weak tracks present. "Burn Baby Burn", "Walking Barefoot", "Sometimes" and "Shining Light" still sound fresh and vibrant 15+ years on. DespiteSpawning a massive 6 singles this is one of the catchiest collection of punk pop songs that you will come across from the 00's. It reallt could almost be considered a singles collection and the sheer number of classic hits here make up for the few weak tracks present. "Burn Baby Burn", "Walking Barefoot", "Sometimes" and "Shining Light" still sound fresh and vibrant 15+ years on. Despite my love for "Free All Angels", I'd argue that it is perhaps 2 tracks too long (for me "Someday" and "Submission" are b-side quality just given serious production) but close to being the perfect summer pop record with an edge. Even Brian Wilson would have been proud of this one. Expand
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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. It's a damn good pop album, with a little muscle behind its melodies to boot.
  2. It strikes a balance between the buzzy pop of their first album and the heavier thud of their second.
  3. Blender
    80
    A further step forward. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.102]