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The Modern Age


The Modern Age

Fourth studio album from the Britpop outfit, their first since their 1998 split

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Gorsky Records
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  1. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    Retains Sleeper’s classic pop/indie sensibilities with a shiny, new, contemporary feel
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  2. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    A terrific comeback for a band that rose to fame and flamed out much too quickly
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  3. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A very welcome return
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  4. 7.0 |   music OMH

    As the album progresses there are a couple of less direct hooks, but tunes like Cellophane or Blue Like You remain engaging and fun at the very least
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  5. 7.0 |   The Music

    Nothing is reinvented yet nothing is stale either
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  6. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Pleasantly surprising return
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A surprisingly substantial pleasure. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   NME

    Ultimately, comeback albums are about consolidation rather than reinvention, and there’s just enough of the old ‘Smart’ magic here to satisfy the retro crowds. But there’s little sign of a route to relevance
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  9. 6.0 |   Q

    Breezy, fitfully arch--if ultimately untaxing--indie rock is the order of service here, while the odd dappling of analogue synths does little to suggest it was recorded this side of the millennium. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Their first album in over 20 years suggests they may well have a bright future ahead of them
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  11. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Wener’s lyrics have taken a considerably adult turn by taking in big houses, new cars, kids, divorce and depression
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  12. 4.0 |   Mojo

    10-decent-but-not-exceptional songs, Sleeper ultimately sound a little anachronistic; just not made for these times. Print edition only

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