Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose

Album Review of Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose by The Cooper Temple Clause.

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Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose

The Cooper Temple Clause

Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose by The Cooper Temple Clause

Release Date: Feb 24, 2004
Record label: Morning / RCA
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative

80 Music Critic Score
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Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Cooper Temple Clause have always tended to exploit their shaggy good looks rather than their experimentalism. Their pioneering spirit was left lurking between the heavy-handed rock and simplistic indie-pop of last year's debut - but for its follow-up, the Reading sextet have reinvented themselves, producing the first great album of the new prog revolution. Forget Gallagher-aping vocals and hesitant melodies: here they are Led Zeppelin with better choruses and a flexible mischief.

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

By combining elements of metal, pop, jazz, and electronica, the Cooper Temple Clause create a broad album that is subtle and meticulous as well as driving and bombastic. Songs like "The Same Mistakes" have a distinctly post-Radiohead sheen -- spare, experimental arrangements, hazy, emotional vocals, and live drums that mirror programmed beats. But in other moments -- "Promises, Promises," for example -- the band unleashes sinewy and abrasive all-out rock & roll that references everything from Primal Scream electro-garage rants to slippery Faith No More hard rock and the grandiosity of Oasis.

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