Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

The Sundays - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1990 Ratings: #29 / 300
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Based on 36 ratings
1990 Ratings: #23
January 15, 1990 / Release Date
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EMR
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The references to Cocteau Twins go beyond the album cover, but the british dream-pop band breaks out of their cage with a very charming and beautiful indie-pop record that takes everything they learned from Elizabeth and Guthrie and translates those experimental tendencies to the youthful age of the late 80s. Harriet Wheeler's angelic vocals are a treat for the ears, but the whole band manages to channel poetic inspiration and teenage anxiety into a tight set of delightfully accessible ... read more
Doofy
35
‘Here’s Where the Story Ends’ is a song I just can’t abide, surely one of the most irritating choruses ever - the chipper way THAT baby voice sings ‘souvenir’ is perfectly awful.

The rest of the album is so uneventful you’re left crying out for some irritation. The dreadful lyrics and baby boo vocals continue and provide the listener with a continued source of grim mirth but that’s about it.

The jangle backing is so indistinct it’s almost ... read more
Muhammad231299
94
I was accidentally found this album, Thank God i'm glad i found this
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
99
I haven't heard anything better yet.
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Track List

  1. Skin & Bones
  2. Here's Where the Story Ends
  3. Can't Be Sure
  4. I Won
  5. Hideous Towns
  6. You're Not the Only One I Know
  7. A Certain Someone
  8. I Kicked a Boy
  9. My Finest Hour
  10. Joy
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