A Lively Mind


Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Further illustrate[s] Oakenfold's sonic skills and celebrity contacts. [9 Jun 2006, p.139]
  2. Los Angeles Times
    Instead of finding a different voice as a writer and producer of original material, Oakenfold seems trapped by dance-music genre conventions. [28 May 2006]
  3. Employing actress Brittany Murphy on the ridiculous "Faster Kill Pussycat" hardly helps, as does reducing Pharrell Williams' talent with a caricature of a tune like "Sex 'N' Money."
  4. Some serene, wide-angle numbers toward the end help a lot, making this safe album easier to recommend to the longtime trance addict.
  5. Spin
    These thumping, Ibiza-inflected excursions into pop and R&B aren't quite as catchy [as "Starry Eyed Surprise"]. [Jun 2006, p.83]
  6. Urb
    Mind plays like a collection of tracks destined for car commercials, Hollywood movies and Superbowl half-time shows. [Apr 2006, p.90]
  7. Too many tracks meander aimlessly without finding the perfect beat.
  8. Uncut
    It'll work neither in the club or in the home. [Jun 2006, p.108]
  9. A Lively Mind... stutters slip-shod through its unoriginal sounds, even more disappointing as these are unoriginal even by Paul Oakenfold’s standards.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 15 out of 18
  1. SimonB
    May 13, 2008
    Too lively for me, apparently. I don't know if Oakenfold developed an immunity to sharp treble. I don't know if he's got an Too lively for me, apparently. I don't know if Oakenfold developed an immunity to sharp treble. I don't know if he's got an immunity to taste in music. If he's got an immunity to making LYRICS in songs sound good... But he lacks so much stuff that making an album called "A Lively Mind" just makes it sound like a selling catchline. The album's real name being hidden somewhere within there. Possibly Oak, as to image the single-minded roads the songs take, save for Save the last Trance, which is half-decent. That doesn't solve anything, however. The opening track featuring the girl who Eminem screwed, then Ashton Kutcher, then whoever else... Was good on the first listen, then when I listened to it again, I found it stale and repetitive. Following songs just got irritating to the ear. Imagine being subjected to the droplet torture: Sitting down, unable to move, and there's a droplet of water falling down on your forehead constantly, without halt. Within the hour, you go MAD as every single droplet seems to hurt more than the other. This is what happens with this album, as each track sounds more painful than the other. And then Paul adds to the mayhem by saying something in one of his tracks. Well, saying something... He's looping saying something, which doesn't mean anything, because it's kind of like two robots unable to make a connection, constantly asking "What's up?": "Whassup Paul?" - "Hey Flash, Whassup?" I don't know if that's meant to show how LIVELY MINDED Paul is, but if that's the case, he fails pretty fucking hard. That, or the song was supposed to have full-time singing and ended up having none. I could go on but frankly, in a few words: Bad album, bad artist, bad mind. Full Review »
  2. BobJoe
    Sep 2, 2006
  3. IvanM
    Aug 30, 2006
    Horrible tracks, I am very dissapointed at Oakenfold. He is a god at the turntables but mediocre as a producer and he has proved that with this disc.