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Shoegaze inflected debut from the London-based duo Hannah and Colette Thurlow produced by Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi)

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  1. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    It is soothing and yet off putting. Precise and yet loose. It is a good thing. Nay. A great thing. If there's a debut which sounds less like a debut this year we'll be astonished
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  2. 8.5 |   Prefix

    2:54 is above all a lean record, stripped of excess, a bare but muscular offering that pulls only sparingly from the crunch in its bloodline. With nothing wasted, it leaves you wanting nothing more
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    '2:54' is the sound of two Fallen Angels back to steal what’s left of your soul; it’s sultry, it’s mischievous, and it’s damn near magnificent
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  4. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    If I tell you that 2:54 is cohesive and hypnotic rather than repetitive then suddenly it is a good thing that it sounds samey
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    A polished and assured debut
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  6. 8.0 |   BBC

    A collection of deeply mature and addictive tracks. In avoiding their own hype they have created something almost naively unaffected, and purely affecting
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  7. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    Despite the album losing some of its momentum towards the end, the band’s moody pop elegance has been captured terrifically well throughout. There is a dark subtlety in their expression, which is at times truly captivating
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  8. 7.0 |   Clash

    An album of huge promise rather than an instant classic - 2:54’s time will come
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  9. 7.0 |   Spin

    UK sisters get stoned and stare at sneaks, make LP full of Lush atmosphere and slouchy desert-rock doom; hazed and suffused
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  10. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s as well crafted and mature a debut that you could wish for and it won’t take long to draw you into the sisters’ tight web
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  11. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    A promising debut that blends a range of trending contemporary reference points with guitar based elements of metal, punk and alt rock, providing the music with a welcome rough edge that is missing from many of today’s shoe-gazing up-and-comers
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  12. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    2:54 ultimately makes a fine distinction between sounding effortless and sounding like you couldn't be bothered to put any actual effort in
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  13. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Their music has a gothic quality to it for sure – not in the full-scale, white make-up, clumpy shoes, Marylin Manson sort of way that is, but in the same way that Joy Division and early PJ Harvey albums have a gothic quality about them
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  14. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    While their debut album is difficult to fault, it's equally difficult to get excited about
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  15. 4.0 |   Q

    You're left wishing that 2:54 would occasionally pull back the curtains and let a little sunshine in. Print edition only

  16. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Aims for sinuous but settles for gloopy, and any hint of lyricism gets lost in a general murk
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  17. 3.0 |   Under The Radar

    Strange as it may sound, great gothic music shouldn't leave you feeling this empty
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