22-20s - 22-20s

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. One of the best British rock albums of the year so far.
  2. What makes this charged debut such a powerful statement is its impeccable flow. From the moment Devil In Me swaggers in like a Molotov cocktail, you know this is going to rock - hard.
  3. Sure, none of these ideas--musically or lyrically--are anywhere close to original, but they do the job they're trying to do. [#9]
  4. 70
    The likes of "22 Days" and "Devil In Me" exist in a world where only John Lee Hooker and The Stooges have ever made records.
  5. The 22-20s are simply more of the same--the same clichés, the same melody-free blasts of noise, the same old garage rock that sounds positively primitive.
  6. The 22-20s evade most of the typical British rock potholes (i.e. histrionics, pretentiousness, unapologetic 60s-aping, among others), and can actually be taken at face value.
  7. Overall, the album is more competent than distinctive; maybe next time, the 22-20s will show more depth and personality.
  8. The up-tempo songs don’t show much variation or excitement, but the real fire comes when the band slows it way down or steps out of the garage.
  9. With the extraordinary you get the perfunctory.
  10. What's not much in evidence is distinctive or memorable material. [Apr/May 2005, p.141]
  11. 50
    There's never a sense that the singer convinces himself he's got anything beyond the rote punk/blues motions to draw from. [#67, p.112]
  12. 40
    Evokes a sense that this has all been done before, and better.
  13. The album, while competent, is thoroughly flawed.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. DollyM
    Jun 18, 2005
    This is a great album that really progresses garage rock today. The philosophy that rock is always suppose to change everyday is just ridicules. Just to turn on your radio today and listen is horific today. Most supposedly "rock" music sounds like a blowdryer, without any good melodies what so ever. This band among others (Kings of Leon, Strokes, Jet, Raveonettes, Libertines, Razorlight) are bringing back that great sound from that does not depress you or maddens you like current music. This is truly a good band and has all the formulas for a great song. Full Review »
  2. jgil
    Jun 1, 2005
    Not only are some of these reviews harsh, some of them are just simply way off the mark. The 22-20's blues foundation is obvious and though the content of the lyrics may have been heard before, these guys put a sharp, hard edge on their riffs that separates them from most of the post-Strokes stripped down wanna-be's out there. Devil In Me, I'm the One, 22 Days and Why Don't You Do It For Me truly stand out. Check this album out and then see them live to truly understand their edge. Full Review »
  3. clinton
    May 29, 2005
    i'm surprised by some of these harsh reviews...in the context of 'garage''s 6th or maybe 16th wave in 2005, I thought this one stood out as darker and melodic enough to do better. something reminds me of the Animals, and there's very little silliness going on here. should be revisited and enjoyed, maybe grows on you with time. Full Review »