None the Wiser

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  • Summary: The fourth studio release for the British indie rock band sees the return of the original line-up and was produced by Dave McCracken.
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  1. Jan 21, 2014
    None The Wiser is a highly enjoyable, infectious piece of upbeat indie rock that will surely see the band scale new heights.
  2. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jan 21, 2014
    The fourth album is a joyful tornado of shamelessly old-school indie pop. [Feb 2014, p.97]
  3. Uncut
    Jan 21, 2014
    It's all delivered with gusto and buckets of charm. [Jan 2014, p.76]
  4. Mojo
    Jan 23, 2014
    None The Wiser is as poppy a set as they have made to date. [Feb 2014, p.94]
  5. 50
    While their true believers might not mind the record’s overall lack of variety, for anyone new to the band there’s little on None The Wiser to separate them from the indie-rock chaff.
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  1. May 17, 2015
    This album is one of the reasons why The Rifles, despite being panned by certain critics, are so worth listening to. The album starts outThis album is one of the reasons why The Rifles, despite being panned by certain critics, are so worth listening to. The album starts out strong, with "Minute Mile" providing catchy hooks along with thought-provoking lyrics. "Heebie-Jeebies" and "Go Lucky" are very solid songs, that go quickly, and give you an uplifted feeling that is hard to match. But where the album really shows its colours is when it gets to "All I Need" and "You Win Some", which provide extremely memorable sounds that are paired with thought-provoking and well-crafted lyrics. "Catch Her In The Rye" and "The Hardest Place to Find Me" are suitable filling tracks, but bring not much new content to the album. However, their presence is very much welcome here, and the album would not be as good as it is without them. "Shoot From the Lip" provides an exceptional commentary of the logic of arguments, with a slow, ominous tune that helps to set the mood of this dark but thoughtful song. Most artists will hesitate to leave their best until last, but "Eclectic Eccentric" (one of my favourite tracks of all time), with its mad and zany hooks and extremely infectious chorus, and "Under and Over", with its incredible vocals in the form of a backing choir and once again an extremely catchy and anthemic chorus, show that The Rifles are obviously not afraid to push the boat out a little and break conventions. The cheeky hidden track "On Top of the World" is also a nice added touch and helps to top off what is in my eyes an almost perfect album. The Rifles are back, and this is undoubtedly their best work yet. Expand