Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Definitely a treasure to be sought out, A South Bronx Story is essential for any hip-hop head, post-punk connoisseur, dance fanatic, or Luscious Jackson fan.
  2. 90
    ESG's DIY tracks have a raw, unfinished feel--echo-drenched vocals buried deep in the mix, jagged hen-scratch guitar, taut bass lines as infectious as mononucleosis, and reverberating layers of percussion... The group's 1981 debut single, "Moody"... is one of the funkiest songs ever recorded. [Sep 2000, p.181]
  3. ESG remain a no-wave New York group unlike any other.
  4. ESG may have been heard mostly in other artists' songs, but A South Bronx Story is an impressive attempt to focus attention on the force behind the samples.
  5. Yet tracks such as Moody, You're No Good and UFO are far more than mere sample food, and these original recordings recall The Slits given a rudimentary disco makeover. But where their British peers revelled in sloppiness, ESG's rhythm section is as tight as the JBs in bondage gear.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. loelh
    Feb 8, 2006
    10
    When I first heard this album I knew it was something special. Upon futher listening, my opinion is that special isn't enough.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Feb 18, 2005
    7
    Such an important and influential outfit.
  3. miguel
    Jan 24, 2005
    10
    a bailar¡¡¡ the most amazing band in the universe ¡¡ esg rock my life