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Customer Reviews

A major disappointment - I STAND CORRECTED: THIS ALBUM IS EXCELLENT!

I initially gave the Long Blondes' sophomore effort, Couples, a less than glowing review. It was after two listens and after listening for two weeks, I can say that the band has issued one of the best albums of the year. I was completely wrong about the sluggish tempos. This is a great dance album and an exceptional rock album. The only thing I can say is that the excellence might not be as immediately apparent on the first few listens. But the melodies and grooves on songs like Guilt, Couples, Serious Bit are as good as anything on the Blondes' last effort. This is an ebullient, smart, fun record. Give it a chance; you won't be disappointed after all. Sorry for the wrong first impression. *Below is my original review, which I completely disavow. I have loved the Blondes since hearing their excellent demos online two years ago. But unfortunately, it's been a steady decline. Their first album Someone To Drive You Home was good and recommended, but it lacked the spark of their initial demos. (Case in point: the Picture of You bonus version here has been drained of all the soul and energy of the previous version.) As for Couples, the tempos are sluggish and the performances uninspired. I was very much looking forward to this album and I regret buying it. I already have tickets to see the band in concert in a few weeks. Maybe the tunes will grow on me, maybe they will be awesome in concert. If so, I'll update this review. But after two listens, I'm too bored to go for a third try anytime soon.

Love, Relationships, and Couples.

I love how the TLB's write (Mostly written by Dorian) songs about love and relationships. The main subject is basically what the title of the album is, Couples. Sure, it may not be like Someone to You Drive Home but this is not bad for a second album. If your not huge fan of this album then I suggest you download these songs: Century, Guilt,The Couples, Erin O' Conner, and I'm Going to Hell.

A Grower

It took a few spins but this album has grown on me greatly. It's nice that it's not a retred of their amazing debut but rather, something remarkably different. No one likes a stagnant band & TLBs have delivered an exciting if not immediate sophmore set of songs.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Dorian Cox (guitar), Reenie Delaney (bass), Emma Chaplin (guitar/vocals), Kate Jackson (vocals), and Screech Louder (drums) comprise the glamorous new wave-tinged stylings of the Long Blondes. The Sheffield, England five-piece came together in 2003 and issued its debut, "Autonomy Boy"/"Long Blonde," a split 7" with the Boyfriends shortly thereafter. A handful of independent singles for Angular Records and Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation followed into 2006, as did the NME Philip Hall Radar...
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