Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Turn On the Bright Lights [Matador, 2002] C+
  • Antics [Matador, 2004] Choice Cuts
  • Our Love to Admire [Capitol, 2007] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Turn On the Bright Lights [Matador, 2002]
They bitch because everybody compares them to Joy Division, and they're right. It's way too kind, and I say that as someone who thanks Ian Curtis for making New Order possible. Joy Division struggled against depression rather than flaunting it, much less wearing it like a designer suit. What's truly depressing is that, just as the hairy behemoths of the grunge generation looked back to the AOR metal they immersed in as teens, these fops tweak the nostalgia of young adults who cherish indistinct memories of much worse bands than Joy Division, every one of them English--Bauhaus, Ultravox, Visage, Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears. At a critical moment in consciousness they exemplify and counsel disengagement, self-seeking, a luxurious cynicism. Says certified British subject Peter Banks: "Emotions are standard and boring. I'd like to find another way to live." That's thinking either big or very small. C+

Antics [Matador, 2004]
"Next Exit" Choice Cuts

Our Love to Admire [Capitol, 2007] Dud