The Silent Hours

Album Review of The Silent Hours by The Open.

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The Silent Hours

The Open

The Silent Hours by The Open

Release Date: Jul 5, 2004
Record label: Polydor
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

80 Music Critic Score
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The Silent Hours - Very Good, Based on 1 Critics

The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5

It's a confused lineage the Open lay claim to on their debut: on one hand, stretching back through Radiohead (when they wrote proper tunes), the Verve, the Waterboys and pre-irony U2; on the other, wanting to be seen as breathing a more rarefied air alongside the Blue Nile, David Sylvian and Talk Talk. But you'll search in vain for echoes of elegiac otherness in these comparatively straightforward, rockist songs. They have either a moody, inclusive non-specificity or a prosaic blandness, depending on your mood.

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