• Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Oct 4, 2011
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Q Magazine
    Dec 14, 2011
    80
    Their debut album marks a major hike in ambition. [Sep 2011, p.116]
  2. Oct 4, 2011
    80
    S.C.U.M's debut LP is a magnificent opening salvo, as the London act recalls the fuck-all attitude and melodies of David Bowie and Brian Eno circa their '70s glam phase, while nodding to the sonic adventurousness of the reverb heavy U.K. shoegaze scene of the early '90s.
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    80
    It would be a shame if S.C.U.M cannot escape from the oppressive prison that preconceptions have built, because Again Into Eyes is worthy than a better fate than that. Honestly. It's well worth a try.
  4. 80
    S.C.U.M may still have a way to go before they truly master their references and get a handle on their lofty metaphors, but their debut is a hymn to maturation.
  5. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    With high-concept sounds and an ace sleeve, Again Into Eyes is a bold debut, and an extremely rewarding experience.
  6. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    This is no underdone confection from fly-by-nights: it's as taut and accomplished as any British rock album this year.
  7. Oct 4, 2011
    70
    On Again into Eyes, they take listeners down a fairly well-traveled musical road, but it's still an enjoyable journey.
  8. Oct 3, 2011
    70
    For an album that runs a high risk coming off as a grand tour of goth's past, S.C.U.M. has succeeded miraculously well in trumping the naysayers.
  9. Sep 21, 2011
    67
    It's an accomplished sound, one that may not immediately dispense with the comparisons that have dogged the band, but one that does suggest a group more than capable of outgrowing the associations.
  10. Oct 7, 2011
    60
    It might be too overwrought for many, but for those of us who like drama, this is a fine introduction.
  11. Oct 4, 2011
    60
    This album falls victim to the more-is-more syndrome. It douses otherwise stronger and more distinctive songs in far more reverb and echo than it needs.
  12. Sep 20, 2011
    60
    Again Into Eyes only truly perks up near the end when they call up their inner Psychedelic Furs on more straightforwardly swooning ballads like "Faith Unfolds."
  13. Uncut
    Sep 9, 2011
    60
    For a while, it seemed like they'd never leave the hipster ghetto, but this is a convincing exit. [Oct 2011, p.90]

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