Michael Azre
May 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Their Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut recalls Coldplay’s ”Parachutes,” but Athlete don’t get lost in Chris Martin’s depressive fog. Moog synthesizers and other quirky sounds lend extra lift to pint-raising choruses, and catchy, almost childish verses suggest the playfulness of U.S. acts like the Flaming Lips.

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