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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the pop duo was recorded in Manchester with producer by John Williams.
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  1. Mojo
    Mar 10, 2020
    80
    As ever, Heaton's whipsmart lyrics lurch between grumbling and lovesick, but he and Abbott bounce off each other like a couple who still relish being married. [Apr 2020, p.93]
  2. Uncut
    Mar 10, 2020
    80
    The record is awash with sparkling, instantly memorable melodies. [Apr 2020, p.28]
  3. Q Magazine
    Mar 10, 2020
    80
    Effectively a double album proving that time hasn't blunted Heaton's lyrical sharpness. [May 2020, p.108]
  4. Mar 11, 2020
    70
    Despite a few poignant moments, Manchester Calling is dominated by lively, playful songs, and though the track list might have been improved by cutting a handful of the more similar ones, the couple can't be justly accused of allowing any filler.
  5. Mar 10, 2020
    60
    A certain cosiness produces fillers So Happy and New York Ivy, but abandoning the comfort zone delivers some of the best things here.