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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release in nearly 22 years for the Britpop band was recorded by producer Stephen Street.
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  1. Mar 20, 2019
    77
    The Modern Age is a record to get down to. Most of all it’s a terrific comeback for a band that rose to fame and flamed out much too quickly.
  2. 75
    Standouts like “The Sun Also Rises,” “Car into the Sea” and the title track are also just as groovy as anything from that era, but never does the album sound stuck in it. The Modern Age is a very welcome return.
  3. Mar 15, 2019
    70
    A welcome and dare I say it, pleasantly surprising return. [Feb-Apr 2019, p.84]
  4. Apr 12, 2019
    70
    Wener treats the new Sleeper songs as a series of short stories, and that gives The Modern Age its true spine, helping it escape the clutches of nostalgia.
  5. 60
    Ultimately, comeback albums are about consolidation rather than reinvention, and there’s just enough of the old ‘Smart’ magic here to satisfy the retro crowds. But there’s little sign of a route to relevance, and that’s not something to sleep on.
  6. Mar 25, 2019
    60
    The Modern Age is craftily frontloaded, rattling impatiently through the most immediate tracks and building up a steam of goodwill before slowing the tempo with the gentle experimentation of the title track.
  7. Mojo
    Mar 15, 2019
    40
    10-decent-but-not-exceptional songs, Sleeper ultimately sound a little anachronistic; just not made for these times. [Apr 2019, p.89]

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  1. Mar 23, 2019
    9
    Vump into a mate of a mate who was on tour with them telling me abou tthis album , ad that they live in the same city brighton as me now , iVump into a mate of a mate who was on tour with them telling me abou tthis album , ad that they live in the same city brighton as me now , i am from up nottingham but lived here for 18 years , so , yeah excited as **** for this who this will appeal too? All the 90s kids for sure, the sleeper fans, it's everything a sleeper album should be, and we're it released 20 years ago would have sold well. Don't get it wrong though, it's not nostalgia that sells the album, it's good old fashioned catchy hooks, witty lyrics and great band dynamics, they always given fans a place to escape the grey tory England, we actually sadly are living in Again. As I avid memory of buying the debut album n everything after . I would love to see them reach out to a new gen, but in an increasing complex / snobbery quid pro quo of modern bands, where albums are rarely played in order or in fact all at once, it would be so nice to see them get it, good music can be simple honest and natural. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2019
    6
    The is the first album of the band after a big pause and reunion. It's nothing special really, it could maybe appeal to retro-indie rock fansThe is the first album of the band after a big pause and reunion. It's nothing special really, it could maybe appeal to retro-indie rock fans but that's about it. The songs are somewhat catchy and there is a 90s vibe to them but that is also the problem as they are not really suited for todays' market. Light 6 from me. Expand