Brakes - Touchdown
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Based on 14 reviews
2009 Ratings: #187 / 852
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April 21, 2009 / Release Date
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Fat Cat / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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I have never toured Europe. In fact, I have never been to Europe, and I am a terrible musician, so it seems unlikely that I am right about this, but I will say it anyway: Brakesbrakesbrakes’ new record, Touchdown, sounds like a bunch of musicians touring Europe. It is pure energy, musicianship, and lyrical hilarity and quite simply is the best record yet to be released in 2009.


Lead by Eamon Hamilton's croaky, yelping vocals, Brakes can be an acquired taste. Songs tend to shift and mutate, various musical genres emerge and then disappear leaving the listener uncertain and moreover a little impatient. All Night Disco Party aside, their debut was hampered by a lack of focus and sounds now very much like an album by a side-project and not the main act. Luckily, as a large majority of Touchdown testifies, when the songs are good enough the musical folly can work for rather then against them.

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Track List

  1. Two Shocks 
  2. Don't Take Me To Space (Man) 
  3. Red Rag
  4. Worry About It Later
  5. Crush On You
  6. Eternal Return
  7. Do You Feel The Same?
  8. Ancient Mysteries
  9. Oh! Forever
  10. Hey Hey
  11. Why Tell The Truth (When It's Easier To Lie) 
  12. Leaving England

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