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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant Startime
  • ASIN: B00020HAMO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One More Time
2. Don't Thank Me
3. The Trial Of The Century
4. Oh Fine
5. The Falls
6. Was It A Crime
7. Following Waves
8. You Could Not Decide
9. Yes, I Guess
10. Only So Long
11. Better Time

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Listen to it 10 more times, you'll love it.
Lex
The sounds are clean and interesting for the almost old-fashioned lack of special effects.
M. Stafford
I saw them in DC last weekend and they are very tight live.
E. Stanchfield

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Horan on May 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It took French Kicks 4 years, 2 eps, and a previous full length to turn down the volume and finally produce a truly superb album. But at last, these NYC boys have arrived! Trial Of The Century is a hip, pulsing, indie pop masterpiece. It shows that the band has discovered melody, and that they can be even more compelling than on earlier efforts with the subtler grooves and dancier tempos found here (even if indie rock kids are too cool to dance). I realize that 04 isn't even half over, but this may end up being my favorite record of the year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Stafford on February 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
From my blogspot site "The Boy Reviewer"

I'm not sure why this record isn't being played everywhere. I picked it up last summer and it's been at the top of my heavy rotation playlist ever since. The French Kicks have never made a bad record, but they have never made one quite so good. The Trial Of The Century finds the Kicks exploring new territory, venturing further away from the raw Marcata sound that characterizes their earlier records. The main difference? Harmony and Melody. This is an album that you want to sing along to.

The album opens with "One More Time," an urgent piece of indie-pop gold, driven by a pumping circus organ flanked by a Korgis-esque synth and a throbbing bassline that prods the song onward. The title track is another gem: a sincere, almost duotonic edxample of elegance in simiplicty. "Following Waves" and "Oh Fine" are other noteworthy tracks, beautiful for their directness.

But there aren't any tracks here that don't deliver the goods. The French Kicks don't mess around on this record. The songwriting is superb. The sounds are clean and interesting for the almost old-fashioned lack of special effects. There is no posing, no deliberate snarls, no pointless or intentional obfuscation, and no riding on the coattails of hipper, older, proven cult heros or revisited fads. The Trial Of The Century works for itself. The French Kicks have arrived.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
the french kicks seem to have taken an easy left turn from their previous releases and, to their credit, have managed to cross several genres while maintaining certain themes such as richly layered sounds and clever vocal interplays. smooth as butter, this album will leave you dancing and loving and laughing and crying all at once. to listen to this album is to love it - good luck trying to take it off of the stereo.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lex on November 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you check out the samples you may think its okay. Get the album, have the patience to play it on repeat 5 times. You'll like it a lot. Listen to it 10 more times, you'll love it. Another listen will turn into 20, 30, and you will realize how beautifully woven this album is, and how talented these guys are. Instant gratification is one thing, but it feels so much better when you've listened to an album so many times and one day you just "get it". I got it, and I haven't stopped listening to the album since I bought it in May. Buy this album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
very good music...i had only heard the song "One More Time" before buying this cd, and normally i only buy a cd after i've heard most of the songs on it, and i wasnt dissapointed. damn its good! i keep listening to it over & over. i'm not good at describing music and who/what they sound like. its just good, catchy, honest music. dont sleep on it!!!
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go listen to that song, and if you like it, you should enjoy the rest of the album.
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By Adam Taylor on October 29, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A friend of mine's brother used to be the guitar player in this band and this is a really wonderful album & I'm not just saying that. I only met the dude once. Anyway, these guys really had a great sound and this album is fantastic. They were a great live act if you ever got a chance to see them.
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Format: Audio CD
I love this album. Each song is unique (not an easy feat in itself) and well crafted, and the album is really a joy to listen to.
Do yourself a favor, and listen to it!
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