America Give Up Image
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: This is the first full-length release for the Minnesota rock band led by Jordan Gatesmith.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    Irresistible. [Feb. 2012 p. 107]
  2. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    Howler have enough good [songs] to remind you of how good the Strokes used to be, rather than make you think how much better the Strokes are than this.
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    America Give Up proves them to be far more exciting than a mere second generation rip-off.
  4. Jan 10, 2012
    70
    An album of thoroughly contagious, albeit fairly derivative, Strokes-flavoured gutter-rock.
  5. Jan 26, 2012
    60
    America Give Up is inconsistent and derivative yet promising, and not nearly as impressive as some early adopters would have people believe.
  6. Jan 17, 2012
    60
    It's a debut with potential, especially if Howler find their own identity as completely as they borrowed others'.
  7. Jan 11, 2012
    40
    Catchy, bratty and phenomenally uninspiring, America Give Up is not so much shouting from the rooftops as howling at the moon.

See all 17 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    9
    "America Give Up" is not perfect but for a debut album it's really great ! My favorites tracks are "Beach Sluts" and "Black Lagoon". They're also really good live ! A band to keep an eye on ! Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2012
    7
    Howler is a group of impossibly young people from Minneapolis who blur the line between guitar rock and guitar pop. Perhaps that impossible youth is a barrier against sounding like those other Minneapolis bands that - once upon a time - also blurred the line between guitar rock and guitar pop. Howler sounds absolutely nothing like Hüsker Dü or The Replacements. Instead, they bear more than a glancing resemblance to a band from a later epoch, The Strokes. But where The Strokes were jangly and focused on 60s rock, Howler is fuzzy and based on 80s rock. America Give Up is destined to show up on a lot of "best of 2012" lists. More importantly than that, though, America Give Up seems like an album we will still be listening to five or ten or fifteen years from now. Howler shares some of the same callow characteristics of other fuzzy pop bands. Unlike Best Coast's Crazy For You (not to pick on Best Coast - I happen to like that record very much), America Give Up has more than naivete for appeal. It's a very good album by many measures and the band seems like it will grow. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2012
    4
    uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hb,hg hhhhhh hkbkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkdd Collapse