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England Is A Garden

Cornershop

England Is A Garden

First regular studio album in eleven years from the Leicester indie indie rock band led by Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Ample Play
UK Release date
06/03/2020
US Release date
06/03/2020
  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    Never more focused or fun, hooky or political, the long-running band have crafted their masterpiece after nearly 30 years of making music together
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  2. 8.0 |   The FT

    Anglo-Indian musical roots entwine in this beguiling and obsessively imagined album
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  3. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Seventies glam, stoner rock and 60s psych are constants, but Cornershop wander away from more familiar paths in intriguing directions, always with an endearingly ramshackle feel that belies the cleverness of their arrangements
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  4. 8.0 |   Long Live Vinyl

    Ironically for a record that’s taken its time to be made, England Is A Garden works because this is pop music that sounds so effortless
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The best protest albums generally come bathed in their own brand of musical sunshine and Cornershop's joyous post-Brexit call to arms is no exception to the rule. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A joyous album, one that doesn't wander off along unnecessary tangents and keeps their indulgence in check
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Despite the backward glances, a record very much in the moment. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    An album that’s as enchanting as it is astute, from a band to treasure. Long may Cornershop keep on a path less travelled by
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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Stands as a testament to their lasting but oft-unnoticed magic
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  10. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A jamboree of flutes, tamboura, dholki drums and the usual rock band set-up, the sound of Sabbath and Deep Purple is in fact switched out for T-Rex more than once, but a celebration it certainly is: brand new, vintage rock’n’roll with its thumbs up, not its middle fingers
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  11. 6.0 |   NME

    Cornershop's welcome, overdue return sees them combine gospel country with honky tonk boogie. What a likeable band they are
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  12. 6.0 |   music OMH

    They may never reach the heights of 20 years ago but England Is A Garden shows them to have reached a level of reliability, consistency and competence that many other bands would gladly take
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