Sean Richardson
July 16, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Already a hit in the U.K., these Brits’ full-length debut bridges the gap between introspective alt-rock and vicious hardcore. Funeral’s songs aren’t as profound as those by their role models Thursday, but they have the right idea: brittle melodies, tight breakdowns, and vocals that shatter and soar. They also earn points for artiness on the antiwar screed ”Your Revolution Is a Joke,” both the angriest and quietest track on the disc.

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