Anxiety Always

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Not only does it hold the duo's most sleek and vicious material; it also proves that they can construct a bracing, compulsively digestible-in-whole album that presents the broad range of sounds and complementary sequencing that most great albums require.
  2. Urb
    90
    Adult. have fully realized their vision with a sound that's more alive and panoramic. [#104, p.95]
  3. Twitchy, insistent and more kinetic than a dancefloor covered with electric eels, Anxiety Always should establish Adult. as the anti-Fischerspooner -- an '80s-inflected duo whose garish stylistic flourishes are far outweighed by their extensive resonant merits.
  4. It's tempting to call it one of the most messily brilliant things we'll see all year, but it can't, in good faith, be recommended to everyone: if the duo's buzzy neurosis was enough to drive some people nuts before, the raw jumping and nagging of Anxiety Always will sound to many like the shoddiest, most amusical sham to be held up as a masterpiece in many of our lives.
  5. Spin
    75
    Hipster-mocking songs like "Turn Your Back" aren't as funny as the scene they want to outsmart. [May 2003, p.116]
  6. 'Anxiety Always' is a triumph of punkish spirit, an album that embraces creeping horror like an un-comfort blanket.
  7. Anxiety Always shows Miller and Kuperus trying a lot of new ideas and singing with much more range and emotion.
  8. Magnet
    70
    Like the most effective camp, the line between what's intentionally and accidentally embarrassing is utterly ambiguous. [#58, p.82]
  9. Anxiety Always is, to put it bluntly, one pissed-off album, a snide, sarcastic, bitchy commentary on trend-followers, relationships, and the brainwashed masses out there, and it's so up front in its condescension that you're taken aback at first, so punk-like is Adult.'s sound.
  10. Mojo
    70
    Adult. add unflinching aggression to the razor-sharp beats and vaguely sinister lyrics first mapped out on 2001's Resuscitation. [May 2003, p.104]
  11. The Wire
    70
    Adult. proves that there need be nothing fey or even particularly cheeky about synthesizer music. [#231, p.75]
  12. While the casual listener may tire of the repetitive synthiness of Anxiety Always, fans of the genre will dig the act's '80s-inflected tunes.
  13. Uncut
    60
    Adult. deserve respect if only for making an almost overwhelmingly vicious album that succeeds on its own unreasonable terms. [May 2003, p.102]
  14. For all its impressive competency, Anxiety Always remains a bit too oppressively literal in its electro resurrection.
  15. Blender
    60
    It's almost as much fun as 1981! [May 2003, p.114]
  16. They're trapped by this, their one-trick shtick; it the same old song, played again, Sam, for all those girls in white belts who won't stop 'til they get enough.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. ValerieS
    May 15, 2005
    10
    Great Album!!! I love the voice
  2. momonroe
    Mar 22, 2004
    9
    this album is the fuckin shit.
  3. JonH
    Mar 12, 2004
    10
    Lies and Elegance walking arm in arm! Feverish vocals laced with the divine decadence of an original sound.