Amateur Night In The Big Top - Shaun William Ryder

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. 80
    Another wildly implausible Shaun Ryder comback. Just when we needed one. [Aug 2003, p.98]
  2. 60
    The results career from interesting to neglibile. [Aug 2003, p.95]
  3. Sure, it's more interesting than the still-born, awkward second Black Grape album Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, largely thanks to its intricate, layered production, but the end result is calculated without reaping the rewards of its precision.
  4. It's the state of the great man himself that's truly depressing. If the slurring on 'Murder' (pronounced muurrrerrr) is an attempt to sound like a stroke victim, it's worryingly convincing.
  5. Most disappointing of all... is the drab nature of Ryder's contribution: slurred, incoherent, and largely based around drug stories and lots of swearing. [Aug 2003, p.103]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. DaveF
    Mar 2, 2007
    Bang on, what Pat J said in fairness, goes from piss funny to serious in the blink of an eye. The last tune, in 1987 is one of the best told stories ive heard in years if you get it. Full Review »
  2. ravethenineties
    Sep 29, 2006
    Still going strong. Shaun Ryder delivers another hour of fun. Got me thinking of the good old days. Thanks man. Rave on!
  3. simono
    Mar 2, 2006
    One of his best ever songs.No doubt