Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 90
    This is audaciously modern in its textural absorption of outre sounds from the 21st-century dance underground. [Dec 2002, p.136]
  2. Possibly their best.... Brave, bleak yet compassionate. [#225, p.77]
  3. American Supreme proves that Suicide can reach backward and still remain ahead of the pack.
  4. An accomplished release that attests to their enduringly unique sound and vision.
  5. Despite its relative palatability, compared with their earlier work, this is a hard album to like--and that's what makes it good. [Jan 2003, p.102]
  6. American Supreme, even at its most unlistenable and monotonous, still makes its point.
  7. 70
    Suicide have rounded the edges on their metal machine music and jettisoned some rubbery retroisms. [Nov 2002, p.77]
  8. 70
    [A] fractiously funky but resolutely glum return. [Dec 2002, p.108]
  9. Some of it sounds remarkably sedate and conventional ("Televised Executions," "American Mean") while other tracks ("Beggin' For Miracles") ramble psychotically into the good night of avant-garde minimalism.
  10. 60
    The raw, first-take sound of most of these songs is impressive--Suicide remain the most genuinely punk of electronic bands. [#11, p.144]
  11. A curious beast -- dark, confused, displaced and often hopeless.
  12. 50
    If American Supreme showed up today as the product of youngsters, Suicide would be called electro-clash. [Dec 2002, p.92]
  13. Perhaps the strangest twist about this record is how much of it sounds more crude and antiquated than the duo's first two albums, which were released over 20 years prior to this one.
  14. They've unfortunately discovered dance music several years too late. [Dec 2002, p.112]
  15. American Supreme accomplishes little more than tarnishing their chrome-plated punk and sending it on a winding downward spiral.

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