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Napoleon IIIrd


Experimental pop on the second album from Yorkshire-born James Mabbett

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  1. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    ‘Christiania’ is eccentric, it’s unique and it’s wholly unpredictable
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  2. 9.0 |   The 405

    This is real music for real music fans, and this man isn’t half talented
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  3. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Maximises on Napoleon IIIrd’s love for psychotic chanting and delirious moments of profanity, and creates an intense and bewildering mass of energy in its wake ... Christiania is faultless
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  4. 9.0 |   The 405

    It is hard to express just how many different genres are represented in Christiania but what is even more outstanding is Napoleon IIIrd’s ability to make it all sound so easy whilst all the time enthralling and encapsulating his listeners with its complexity
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    A perfect late curio of 2010
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Despite the mesh and muddle of synthesizer sounds that dominate the record, and the regular intervening of non-instruments and sounds ... it does all collate into a series of coherent and undeniably detailed songs
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Channels influences as far-flung as Brian Wilson, Balearic house and space rock
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's rich, complex and beautiful. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   BBC

    It may take a bit of wearing in for one to truly feel Christiania's impact, which comes from all sides, but once settled, it's hard not to revel in its constant realised ambition
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  10. 7.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Take the in-your-face electro pop of, say, Hot Chip and then, instead of singing in that wry, detached art-school way, be a bit shouty and angry and punk rock
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  11. 6.0 |   Uncut

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  12. 6.0 |   Subba Cultcha

    A subtly entertaining little find with sprinklings of genius
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  13. 6.0 |   The Independent

    It's hard to avoid the suspicion that all the layers of sonic murk are disguising a shortfall of songcraft
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  14. 4.0 |   Q

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