Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 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.).
  2. Alternative Press
    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]
  3. Blender
    Always dark, sometimes lovely. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.105]
  4. 70
    Although the album lags somewhat in parts and is bogged down a bit by an overarching sameness, this is a promising start.
  5. Either they've been taking too much heroin or not enough, but 'Black Rebel Motorcycle Club' is as limp as a soggy spliff the ragged morning after.
  6. 70
    A flawless blend of acoustic-turns-into-fuzz guitar work and backbeat rhythms that create the aural equivalent of fog.
  7. B.M.R.C. deliver potent, intelligent, memorable melodies that are both subtle and provocative.
  8. Magnet
    This California band seems to be one of those rare times when the major labels get it right. [#50, p.80]
  9. Mojo
    All BRMC really have in common with The Strokes is hype and haircuts, but their music lives up to both. [Feb 2002, p.92]
  10. They're merely using Psychocandy as a workaday aesthetic strategy and, despite loads of melodrama, they never sound pretentious about it either.
  11. 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.
  12. Consistently excellent and deserves to be heard by fans of 70's glam and shoegazer alike.
  13. Q Magazine
    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]
  14. When it pays off -- which is more often than not -- BRMC's fuzzed- out angry shoegazer stance reaches levels of sonic brilliance unmatched by any of their peers.
  15. Uncut
    One Lupine Howl is already too much, thanks. [Feb 2002, p.111]
  16. These songs don't require repeated listening to foster appreciation; they affect immediately -- and relentlessly.
User Score

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
    quite possibly the best album of all time
  2. lennys
    May 10, 2005
    best blend of rock for thee ages... and such
  3. BenT
    Jan 22, 2005
    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 »