By Brian M. Raftery
Updated March 23, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Frontman Roddy Woomble has a voice (and name) that could only lead to rock stardom — a sober but heartfelt inflection that recalls both Michael Stipe and Morrissey, while imitating neither. On the Edinburgh quartet’s second album, Woomble’s vocals are backed by rousing punk guitars and a ceaseless energy. The results are flashes of beauty and menace, often (as on ”Actually It’s Darkness”) in one song.

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