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  • Summary: The 15th full-length release for the British pop band wa produced by John Cale.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    Arguably superior, its confident follow-up The Knowledge is again enriched with songs relating to Difford and Tilbrook’s old stamping grounds.
  2. Mojo
    Oct 12, 2017
    80
    Musical touches such as Stephen Large's baroque harpsichord solo on Patchouli and the little three0note 'now boarding' motif that opens Departure lounge cement the sens e of an act that know exactly how to proceed. [Nov 2017, p.94]
  3. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2017
    80
    Old fans will be delighted: new recruits may be seduced. [Nov 2017, p.112]
  4. Oct 20, 2017
    80
    In the face of this conflict, the only other option is to face up to the now, with all the problems and issues that go with it, and the album is at its best when it does just that.
  5. Oct 19, 2017
    80
    This warm, soulful undercurrent, along with the wry sense of humor, elevates The Knowledge, turning it into a masterly latter-day work.
  6. Uncut
    Oct 12, 2017
    70
    There are enough familiar motifs to keep long-time fans happy. Lyrically, it's an endlessly pleasing melting pot. [Nov 2017, p.36]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 17, 2017
    10
    Another step forward as once again Difford and Tibrook combine to produce arguably Squeeze's best album yet. Innocence in Paradise willAnother step forward as once again Difford and Tibrook combine to produce arguably Squeeze's best album yet. Innocence in Paradise will rightly join the group's many diamonds, whilst the lyrical humour of Difford shines through in Please Be Upstanding and Albatross. A&E, Rough Ride and Final Score add a more political edge, Tilbrook's melodies and guitar licks will leave Squeeze fans in seventh heaven. Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2017
    8
    While far from their best work, this is a nice record, if a bit overproduced in places. There are some great songs, but it seems Glenn'sWhile far from their best work, this is a nice record, if a bit overproduced in places. There are some great songs, but it seems Glenn's guitar is too far in the background, and the keyboards are too overwhelming at times. Still, his voice is as great as ever, and the complexity of the tunes is great. It's a bit more soulful than most of their records, too, which will appeal to many. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2017
    8
    Neither their best album (step forward Some Fantastic Place) nor anywhere near as bad as some of these reviews. The band have aged gracefullyNeither their best album (step forward Some Fantastic Place) nor anywhere near as bad as some of these reviews. The band have aged gracefully and apart from one turkey (A&E) there is some great music up there with their impressive canon of work - Innocence in Paradise, Departure Lounge... Suggest some reviewers need to give it another listen Expand