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Could It Be Different?

The Spook School

Could It Be Different?

Third studio album from the Edinburgh-based indie pop punk quartet

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    Accessible and utterly irresistible, this is a vital release
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  2. 8.5 |   Gig Soup

    Lyrically these songs are heavy, but as always with The Spook School, they manage to use their sound to leave you brimming with hope
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Cements the Glaswegian quartet’s place as indie heavy-weights, in it for the long-haul
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  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    An album of brilliantly catchy and inventive songs that leave you thinking
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    A small step up from their previous works, with stronger sounding and with sharper hooks that help make it even clearer that the Spook School are one of the most exciting and important bands of their era
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The most realised thing they’ve done so far
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  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    An album full of lurching, longing, lustrous pop songs. Get involved - you might just fall in love
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  8. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It all adds up to a bold celebration of difference that feels like an album made for these times of divisive unease. Sound like punk to you, punk?
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  9. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    A heartbreaking, triumphant journey
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  10. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    The band tell tales of abuse and alienation with a self-assurance that transforms dark subject matters into infectious indie pop numbers
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  11. 7.0 |   music OMH

    At just 34 minutes, Could It Be Different? rarely takes a breath, propelling us forward, dancing and laughing, towards whatever comes next
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A cathartic celebration of newfound self-assurance. Print edition only

  13. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    Perhaps they figured dark times call for bright music, but this overly polished record often feels like a missed opportunity
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