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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British indie rock band led by Van McCann was produced by Jim Abbiss.
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Hourglass
You know when you're gone I struggle at night Dreams of you fucking me all the time I know you're tied up And I know your phone's fucked I'm craving... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 19, 2014
    70
    The Balcony may not have the presence of a Definitely Maybe or an Is This It, but it’s certainly a solid step in the right direction.
  2. Dec 19, 2014
    70
    Beneath their poppier melodies and anthemic choruses underlies the D.I.Y. garage-rock ethic that inspired their quick ascent, and it's this mixture that places them firmly between the pop charts and dingy rock club basements.
  3. Dec 19, 2014
    60
    While there’s nothing particularly original or ground-breaking about this debut, CATB is a band that’s mastered the art of writing tunes that connect with an audience, and at a time when commercial rock is, apparently, at a particularly low ebb, that could serve them very well.
  4. Dec 19, 2014
    40
    Daft and dated, but with plenty of energy.
  5. Q Magazine
    Dec 19, 2014
    40
    The Balcony is a debut as polite as potpourri. [Oct 2014, p.106]
  6. 40
    ‘The Balcony’ is informed both by their struggle and their noughties indie elders. All this adds up to a dated sound.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Sep 6, 2015
    10
    This album has no filler songs every single can be played loud where ever when ever. That's what music is about for me and this band send thatThis album has no filler songs every single can be played loud where ever when ever. That's what music is about for me and this band send that message across to everyone they play to. Van McCann (lead singer) wrote some of the songs when he was 14! People being overly critical saying its 9 years too late... Too late for what? It's rock music at its core that brings people together, a genre that millions love. The Balcony is certainly my favourite album of 2014/15 and I cannot wait for the second album from these guys. Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2016
    10
    Honestly when i first listened to them i didn't really enjoy their music, that was more than a year ago. i decided to check them out again andHonestly when i first listened to them i didn't really enjoy their music, that was more than a year ago. i decided to check them out again and i dont understand why i didn't like them in the first place! their songs are catchy with lyrics you just wanna scream out! deffo 10/10 Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2015
    10
    "The Balcony" is a great album. It reminds me the first I listen to "Is this It?" by The Strokes or "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm"The Balcony" is a great album. It reminds me the first I listen to "Is this It?" by The Strokes or "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" by Arctic Monkeys or "Inside In/Inside Out" by The Kooks, obviously I don't want to compare with them, but it's like something new. They deserve more respect from music critics, they have talent and catchy tunes, what else do you want? Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2016
    8
    The debut album 'The Balcony' embraces indie rock culture in the same way The Strokes did. However the album gets repetitive quite quickly butThe debut album 'The Balcony' embraces indie rock culture in the same way The Strokes did. However the album gets repetitive quite quickly but redeems itself with the stadium anthem 'Tyrants'.

    Van describes the main focus of the songs as being centered on escaping the small town of which he was born, for anyone who also lives in a two star town like myself 'Rango' seems to be the favourite.

    However my favorite song on the debut has got to be 'Homesick', form a seemingly timid melody line the song explodes into something truly unique.

    Catfish have a long road ahead and this debut has them on track to making a mark in the history books.
    8/10
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  5. Sep 1, 2019
    6
    had lots of potential tracks like pacifier are amazing has lots of potential to be an amazing band but unfortunately continued to make allhad lots of potential tracks like pacifier are amazing has lots of potential to be an amazing band but unfortunately continued to make all their songs sound the same Expand
  6. Feb 4, 2016
    6
    very samey throughout, same feel, same tone. two or three tracks stand out only because the rest is lack lustre in comparison. the album isvery samey throughout, same feel, same tone. two or three tracks stand out only because the rest is lack lustre in comparison. the album is redeemed somewhat by the consistent vocals. front man has a powerful voice in spite of so-so songwriting Expand
  7. Oct 9, 2015
    0
    Washed out, bland, boring. The worst popular indie rock has to offer, if these guys can make it then I worry for Indie music. Who is ratingWashed out, bland, boring. The worst popular indie rock has to offer, if these guys can make it then I worry for Indie music. Who is rating this album a 10? seek help - musically speaking. Expand

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