Armchair Apocrypha

User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 75
  2. Negative: 1 out of 75

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  1. romanm.
    May 1, 2007
    6
    Truly unique sound. Works well in a live setting (even the god-awful Riviera). The fuller band sound improves upon Eggs, which had great original music in its own right. But I can't give this dude a pass on his faux Buckley singing and ridiculous lyrics. Check the lyric sheet. He drops $10 words to pander to all the too-cool-to-rule-the-school-self-important hipsters out there. Oh Truly unique sound. Works well in a live setting (even the god-awful Riviera). The fuller band sound improves upon Eggs, which had great original music in its own right. But I can't give this dude a pass on his faux Buckley singing and ridiculous lyrics. Check the lyric sheet. He drops $10 words to pander to all the too-cool-to-rule-the-school-self-important hipsters out there. Oh and none if it makes any sense. Look! He said something about Haliburton attache cases! Machinations and palindromes! Give me a break. Pulling out pages of the Radiohead playbook and pawning it off to all the other people who take themselves too seriously. Thanks, but I'll wait for something more real. Expand
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Making no palpable effort to crack the conventional with overflowing melodies and love songs, Bird instead latches up the intellect to create tiny packages of literature that make always leave you thinking--and snapping your fingers at the same time.
  2. Blender
    60
    The music's intellectualism obscures as many truths as it unveils. [Mar 2007, p.130]
  3. Spin
    80
    This stream-of-consciousness head trip blends tricky, delicious melodies and slippery lyrics, yet never lapses into annoyingly smug artiness. [Mar 2007, p.88]