Laid Back and English could be called an "easier" record than some other Beatnik Filmstars releases -- the distant, fuzzy recording that marks albums like In Hospitalible and Phase 3 is just marginally lighter on Laid Back and English, and the record occasionally even cleans itself up to the level of, say, a Guided by Voices release. This doesn't mean much, though -- the Filmstars' core impulse is to drench their seriously appealing pop songs in layers of fuzz, and Laid Back and English delivers on this just as effectively as the albums which followed. At its best, it's a sound that has no comparison -- in the same manner that shoegazers used waves of guitar noise to hide their pop leanings, the Filmstars use overloaded inputs and scratchy recording techniques to create a warm and friendly buzz filled with as many hooks as one could ask for.
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AllMusic Review by Nitsuh Abebe