Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. A.R.E. Weapons comes across as partially put-together and all the way dumb -- not dumb meaning fun but dumb meaning dumb.
  2. Blender
    The music is sexy in the dirtiest possible way, which makes up for the band's stoopid posing. [May 2003, p.114]
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Mostly, this stuff is great for a few cheap laughs. [4 Apr 2003, p.101]
  4. 90
    This is the album of the year.
  5. Mojo
    These 10 tracks positively bristle with feral, street fighter 'tude. [May 2003, p.97]
  6. At best, this record is Suicide resurrected as a novelty act; at worst it could pass for an extreme deodorant commercial with swearing.
  7. This debut is pretty good, but don't be surprised if you overhear some twunt proclaiming "A.R.E Weapons are so 2001 daaaaling" anytime in the next couple of months.
  8. Q Magazine
    Even the Sharks and the Jets might find ARE Weapons' street hassle a touch quaint. [May 2003, p.98]
  9. Spin
    Over blotto new-wave/industrial beats, they party hard and get lost on the way home. [May 2003, p.116]
  10. Uncut
    The album doesn't just bludgeon. There is an attention to detail, an appreciation of dynamics at work. [May 2003, p.108]
  11. Urb
    More style than substance. [#104, p.95]
  12. A.R.E. Weapons is one of the most interesting records ever to use disco electrobeats and synth washes for rock'n'roll effect.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. seand
    Jul 29, 2007
    pretty bad but some good stuff
  2. frankiebaby
    Oct 3, 2005
    free in the streets is better.
  3. Life
    Jan 11, 2005
    was meant to be awesome.