Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. These songs don't require repeated listening to foster appreciation; they affect immediately -- and relentlessly.
  2. Consistently excellent and deserves to be heard by fans of 70's glam and shoegazer alike.
  3. This self-produced major-label debut boldly plunders a reverb-and-white noise course previously trampled underfoot by long-gone British bands of the late '80s and early '90s (the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Verve, Ride, the Stone Roses, etc.).
  4. Alternative Press
    80
    There's a defiance to BRMC's carefully crafted mix of brooding vocals and blurred melody that unites disparate musical elements into blasts of noisy cohesion and howling passion. [#155, p.72]
  5. Q Magazine
    80
    What makes BRMC extra special and what steers them well clear of parody drone-rock territory is their three-dimensional sound. [Jan 2002, p.103]
  6. All of these incredible songs shimmer and vibrate with the riotous majesty of 'Psychocandy' without a trace of the Mary Chain's post-'Honey's Dead' self-parody.
  7. B.M.R.C. deliver potent, intelligent, memorable melodies that are both subtle and provocative.
  8. Magnet
    80
    This California band seems to be one of those rare times when the major labels get it right. [#50, p.80]
  9. 70
    A flawless blend of acoustic-turns-into-fuzz guitar work and backbeat rhythms that create the aural equivalent of fog.
  10. 70
    Although the album lags somewhat in parts and is bogged down a bit by an overarching sameness, this is a promising start.
  11. Mojo
    70
    All BRMC really have in common with The Strokes is hype and haircuts, but their music lives up to both. [Feb 2002, p.92]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. kit
    Nov 24, 2005
    10
    quite possibly the best album of all time
  2. lennys
    May 10, 2005
    10
    best blend of rock for thee ages... and such
  3. BenT
    Jan 22, 2005
    10
    pedal to the metal, dark, layered rock that vairies from the desolate brilliance of Awake to the viceral progression of Whatever pedal to the metal, dark, layered rock that vairies from the desolate brilliance of Awake to the viceral progression of Whatever Happened...album of 2001 Full Review »