Album Review of Hope by The Blackout.

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Hope by The Blackout

Release Date: Apr 4, 2011
Record label: Cooking Vinyl
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

75 Music Critic Score
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Hope - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

Rock Sound - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Boyos hit the big time... Singer Gavin Butler once told Rock Sound that he wanted The Blackout to be the biggest band in the world. Without sounding unnecessarily jaded, and not to knock the conviction and passion, it was far from the first time we had heard someone in his position say such a thing. At the time the sextet were still promoting second album ‘The Best In Town’, it was a record that had promise and moments but ultimately failed to deliver an experience that matched the live reputation the band had developed over their years together.

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Sputnikmusic - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5

Review Summary: The Blackout have grown up, and their ambition moves from blind to critical.While many a grizzled veteran will tell you that making and touring records is far from easy, there is little doubt that countless young bands starting out in the caper do so simply to have fun. At best, they tour the world and make some money. At worst, they party, sleep in and bum around until the next party.

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BBC Music
Their review was unenthusiastic

South Wales post-hardcore sextet delivers a mixed third LP, not without soaring highs. Alistair Lawrence 2011 The problem of giving the impression that you’re perpetually looking for a good time is that, when it’s time to get serious, people can have a hard time taking you seriously. Described in the nicest possible way by one critic as "the musical equivalent of the Bash Street Kids", The Blackout have been punching in and out in the middleweight division of British rock music for a few years now.

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