• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2003
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mojo
    80
    Their best in years. [Dec 2003, p.118]
  2. And while it is a bit less corrugated than some of its early work, it packs a bite that's far more venomous than any of the sound-alikes that continue to nip at Plaid's heels.
  3. This is a disc that springs to life under closer inspection but also serves quite capably as background music -- the kind that draws in casual listeners and gets them asking questions.
  4. Uncut
    80
    Intelligent and addictive. [Nov 2003, p.110]
  5. Q Magazine
    70
    A shadowy affair, overflowing with fractured breaks, amoebic bass and emotive, medieval chords. [Nov 2003, p.120]
  6. Rest Proof Clockwork and Not for Threes are both better LPs for the long haul, but that doesn't necessarily mean that there is anything particularly wrong with Spokes.
  7. At times its earnestness and self-conscious attempts to prove its own expertise make it seem more like the work of a surly, awkward late-adolescent.
  8. Indeed, there are some dull moments on Spokes, but plucking tracks from the record and turning them around under the magnifying glass probably misses what Plaid intended (this one seems meant to be listened to in succession).
  9. There is, undoubtedly, something impressive in the craft and detail of Plaid’s labours, but the whole lacks an intangible something to lodge their 'Spokes' securely in our hearts.
  10. Nearly all of this territory has already been plotted with more detail and flair on Handley and Turner's first three records.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
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    Nov 14, 2003
    0
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  2. TyS
    Oct 30, 2003
    8
    Total brilliance from beginning to end !!. They have really excelled with this release with much of the instrumentation arking back to their Total brilliance from beginning to end !!. They have really excelled with this release with much of the instrumentation arking back to their Black Dog days ... This is a must not miss if you prefer your music complicated and melodic.. Full Review »
  3. BoB
    Oct 24, 2003
    6
    Buy 'Double Figure' their best album by far. Spokes has the same unmelodic melodies as their album 'Not for threes' Buy 'Double Figure' their best album by far. Spokes has the same unmelodic melodies as their album 'Not for threes' although being more mature, somehow has a certain flatness. Full Review »