Columbia – 2002 – 39 minutes

Hundred Reasons may say that they don't want to be considered as part of the Emo universe, but as 'Ideas Above Our Station' proves, they are, at the very least, orbiting it.

Despite the heaps of copy devoted to the British quintet, they manage to live up to expectations, finding their own zone between super charged singles ('Find You', 'Silver') and more leftfield album tracks ('Oratorio', 'Avalanche').

At times you feel that the songs could benefit from a little more care when it comes to the chorus, but given that US outfits have been the world leaders in post hardcore music for years, this is the most cohesive attempt yet to divert attention over the waves. The guitars and vocals are suitably overwrought, while the production wrings out the best in them, without ever sounding too glossy. And by the close you'll be very keen to discover what they do with light and shade next time 'round.

A fine debut and one that should inspire plenty of rebel yells from the next generation.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: I'll Find You - Answer - Dissolve - What Thought Did - If I Could - Falter - Shine - Drowning - Oratorio - Silver - Gone Too Far - Avalanche