• Record Label: Mercury
  • Release Date: Feb 5, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
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  1. Mar 4, 2013
    There’s a sense of the theatrical blended in subtly among the very genuine declarations of self that pepper the rest of the album.
  2. 80
    Fans of melodic rock music with a tinge of punk attitude will find plenty to sing along to here.
  3. Q Magazine
    Feb 21, 2013
    [Pure Love] spiritedly serves up a full album's worth of way-above-par songs, which are radio friendly. [Mar 2013, p.109]
  4. Feb 21, 2013
    When it works, it runs like a stallion, but for fans whose allegiances lie with Carter and Carroll's previous incarnations, the engaging but jarring Anthems will probably prove awfully hard to digest.
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 6, 2013
    Kudos to Pure Love for taking a ludicrous concept of comedy commercialism and successfully straightening its face. [Feb 2013, p.95]
  6. Feb 21, 2013
    For a debut album it’s accomplished stuff, though like the Manics before them Anthems is not without its stodgier moments.
  7. Feb 21, 2013
    Anthems is a confident, solid and ultimately hugely likable debut; Carter and Carroll have succeeded in producing something that on occasion genuinely lives up to its ambitious title.
  8. Mar 29, 2013
    They deserve credit for writing and performing confidently with such specificity, but they also deserve some derision for failing to even attempt straying from the pack. Anthems is a good entry into a genre that still offers better.
  9. Mojo
    Feb 21, 2013
    Overall Anthems is a gutsy carer swerve from Carter who proves himself capable of crooning with swagger. [Mar 2013, p.94]
  10. 10
    The album itself consists of 11 tracks of unimaginative pub rock that, at best, rips off The Darkness, and at worst comes across like a bunch of teenagers in their first band.

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