Baby - Tribes
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    Tribes have roared back fiercer than ever.
  2. Jan 10, 2012
    90
    A stunning debut album, one that proves the hype was more than justified.
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Ecstatic, raucous, spine-tingling and delivered in the only way they know, Baby is a piece of Tribes for their devoted followers to hold onto.
  4. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    The songs are big on riffs, hooks, choruses, sex and swagger, although there's enough going on lyrically to suggest more depth than just sharp songwriting.
  5. Feb 10, 2012
    70
    Tribes are simply proving that they have an ear for writing brit-poppy rock, and in summary, Baby is a complete belter.
  6. Jan 10, 2012
    70
    An impressive debut.
  7. Jan 18, 2012
    60
    Baby feels more like a leftover relic from the '90s than the game-changer the genre needs.
  8. Jan 17, 2012
    60
    It's wholly derivative, yet the tuneful, instantly gratifying choruses often trump one's desire to play spot the influence.
  9. Jan 10, 2012
    60
    Proves that there is still a place for bands playing short, noisy pop songs about girls and being young, regardless of where they come from. [Feb. 2012 p. 100]
  10. Jan 10, 2012
    60
    It's spirited enough, neatly sequenced, but perhaps lacks the ingenuity to rework its influences into something that feels new.
  11. Jan 10, 2012
    60
    If you got concussed during the first Pearl Jam tour and have only just come out of your coma, boy, have we got a great new sound for you.
  12. Mar 16, 2012
    52
    After spending 15 minutes sounding like preordained headliners, Tribes trudge through half an hour of perfunctorily composed and performed verses and choruses that are all too deniable.
  13. Feb 3, 2012
    40
    Already it feels like they're playing to a rapidly disappearing crowd. [Mar 2012, p.89]
  14. Jan 17, 2012
    40
    Although they mix styles enough to semi‑redeem themselves, they're still some way short of living up to their influences.
  15. 40
    It comes across as unimaginative and rather needy when applied to the singer Johnny Lloyd;s wistful inbetweeen reminiscences of fumbled romance and aimlessly anthemic pleas for decisive direction.

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