Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. The band continues with a strong electronic feel without compromising the integrity of good, raw musicianship.
  2. Launch.com
    70
    Save for a few heavy-handed tracks, such as the lame religion-as-porn clunker "Blue Movie" and the drag of "Loreta Young Silks," the disc offers a satisfyingly rich aural texture.
  3. Mixer
    70
    The crunchy guitars that underpinned some of the tracks on X are now up front, giving the whole collection the feel of early Manchester bands like Happy Mondays. [Feb 2002, p.74]
  4. 60
    For the most part Bloodsport is carried by a snaking seductive beat and slow-burning, almost sinister melodies that would make Dave Gahan proud.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    58
    Once a trip-hop outfit with a female singer, [Sneaker Pimps are] now a mopey synth-pop quartet aimed at everyone's hidden goth teen. [3 May 2002, p.88]
  6. Q Magazine
    40
    Has only occasional flashes of inspiration. [Jan 2002, p.107]
  7. Further success should elude them. That, it seems, is firmly restricted to the past.
  8. Less experimental, less distinctive, and definitely missing the production finesse of Nellee Hooper, Bloodsport suffers musically from a lack of imagination and vocally from Chris Corner's surprisingly post-grunge style of delivery.
  9. Vibe
    30
    Sounds like a watered-down Pearl Jam spiked with a drum machine and a couple of extra synths. [Feb 2002, p.123]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Jan 29, 2018
    10
    One of the most underrated albums of all time. It blends trip-hop, alternative rock, and pop masterfully.
  2. Sep 18, 2017
    10
    I have no idea why this album gets such a low review score. It's easily the second best album from the band and one of the best of theI have no idea why this album gets such a low review score. It's easily the second best album from the band and one of the best of the generation, compulsory listening. Full Review »
  3. RobbieC
    Oct 4, 2007
    9
    I love this record. It's even better than their first two. The beats and sound effects are really interesting, if not entirely original. I love this record. It's even better than their first two. The beats and sound effects are really interesting, if not entirely original. Their used well and the lyrical themes and hooks are awesome. A great dark-pop album. Full Review »