Ken Tucker
May 31, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Half Smile

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
spinART
genre
Folk

We gave it an B

Sometimes half-baked but never halfhearted, these London folk balladeers are acoustic-sincere but electrifyingly emotional just beneath their calm surface. Love brings agony (”Bed of Rice,” ”Half Smile,” ”Let Alone Me” — heck, most of the album), relieved only by the catharsis of putting the pain to pretty music. Sometimes overwrought lyrically and underdone melodically, Half Smile takes on an urgency and poignance upon repeated listenings.

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