Bring on the Comets - VHS or Beta
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. 80
    The now-three-piece group proves they haven't lost their ability to blend superb pop hooks with dance beats. [Sep 2007, p.131]
  2. These are high-flying songs in search of a place to land, and the warmth and seeming innocence of Pfunder's voice combined with all the familiar electro-disco trappings make this a record worth hearing for anyone not ready to let the past go without a fight.
  3. The result is like if "Sam's Town" worked, without a sign of embarrassing wordplay, conceptual grandeur, or annoying moustaches. The words are blessedly innocuous, leaving the grandiosity to the sound alone.
  4. VHS or Beta have hit a spot-on balance between danceable rock and infectious Top 40 formula. [Summer 2007, p.77]
  5. Comets sounds best when Craig Pfunder trains his fake English accent on a chorus with a hot melody.
  6. It's quite a bit slicker and sonically feels as if it could fill an arena--but lacks personality. [Oct 2007, p.172]
  7. Had there maybe been a more analytical approach to creating shamelessly tricked-out pop songs, maybe some of Brings on the Comets would sound more successful.
  8. It was a mistake for VHS or Beta to subjugate their dance beat into a perfunctory structure for the guitars to smash against; the riffs sound like they're there for their own sake, biding their time and waiting for a moment of catchiness that never really arrives.
  9. 40
    Their third albums smells less of revivalist chic than tribute-band nostalgia. New wave knockoffs have rarely sounded so old.
  10. VHS's tardy follow-up, Bring On The Comets, might as well have stayed in bed.
  11. 30
    Bring on the Comets is ultimately a bland regression. [Sep 2007, p.138]99
  12. For the most part, singer-songwriter Craig Pfunder doesn't justify the presence of vocals and lyrics.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. JoeR
    Nov 11, 2007
    10
    Can't believe people are ripping on this album, either. It's great stuff- the songs are smartly played and catchy as all hell! Can't believe people are ripping on this album, either. It's great stuff- the songs are smartly played and catchy as all hell! I'd been aware of the band before, but never really checked them out until this album. After being completely engrossed by it, I went back and listened to their early work, and BRING ON THE COMETS far surpasses anything they did before. This one is easily in my Top 10 for the year. Full Review »
  2. alexanderb.
    Nov 10, 2007
    1
    really disappointing, these guys were actually good a few years ago. i was hoping this album would justify my money, but sadly to say its terrible
  3. Margraf
    Oct 30, 2007
    8
    Maybe I'm not trendy, but this album rocks. They set out what they wanted to do - make a pop record. Referencing the past makes this a Maybe I'm not trendy, but this album rocks. They set out what they wanted to do - make a pop record. Referencing the past makes this a tad recycled, but funner than a bunch of other stuff out there. This is why I'm not a critic, but I LOVE this album! Full Review »