Borrell 1 - Johnny Borrell
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    60
    This is a ludicrously enjoyable record, shedding Razorlight's US-targeted bluster and awkwardly stalking that curious mid-70s musical patch where pub rock and glam shaded into punk. [Aug 2013, p.97
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    60
    As ever with Borrell, it's never less than weirdly, grippingly fascinating. [Sep 2013, p.90]
  3. 50
    Ultimately, it’s sketchy and uneven, ridiculous in as many of the wrong ways as the right, but not quite the disaster its tracklisting would suggest.
  4. Jul 25, 2013
    70
    Ultimately Borrell 1 is a better-than-serviceable rock record complicated by myriad preconceptions, all which are further skewered by some fantastically hubristic song titles.
  5. Jul 25, 2013
    40
    Borrell 1 sounds like the inner workings of a brain as it descends into total madness.
  6. Jul 25, 2013
    50
    Musically confused, frequently lyrically painful (closer ‘Erotic Letter’ needs to be heard to be believed), its ego is so overpowering it ends up as a sweet relief against a backdrop of po-faced, fence sitting peers.
  7. 40
    Originally recorded on a home four-track machine, the songs were subsequently re-done with Trevor Horn at the helm, which has applied a little polish to what still sound like under-written sketches rather than compelling pop material.
  8. He sounds utterly burnt out. Poor.
  9. Jul 25, 2013
    60
    While Borrell 1 has many faults--too many sax solos, insufficient sackcloth and ashes--the jauntiness with which Zazou disport themselves often makes up for it.
  10. Jul 25, 2013
    20
    Borrell 1 is a disaster that could obliterate any appeal Razorlight once had.

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