Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Though he can be likened to a number of classic singers, some of the all-time greats might I add, his work is his own and ultimately original in its identity.
  2. Feb 9, 2011
    87
    If Broken Dreams Club is indeed an honest glimpse of what's ahead, it sounds as though Girls have much more to give.
  3. Feb 9, 2011
    82
    Broken Deams Club may be littered with broken hearts, but this Girls' EP is much more likely to steal yours than to shatter it.
  4. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    Singer Christopher Owens remains unchanged: Choked on teen melodrama and blessed with a documentarian's keen eye, he's the rare indie rocker with a tender hooligan's heart.
  5. Girls are a band who release their intoxicating mist over time, making this mini-album a bit unsatisfying in quantity rather than quality.
  6. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    Mostly it is simply an impressively touching and intensely human affair--right now, it seems, nobody does melancholy quite like Girls.
  7. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    It's an exhilarating taster of things to come.
  8. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    Girls continue to bypass fads by making timeless music about the universal themes of love, heartache and drugs.
  9. 80
    Broken Dreams Club may only be an EP, but if it's any indication of the future of the band, then Girls will sophomore soar, rather than slump.
  10. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    What Girls prove more convincingly than ever on Broken Dreams Club is that sometimes a little stylistic schizophrenia can actually go a long way in shaping a singular artistic vision.
  11. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    Everything is more complex, more daring, and simply more produced than anything else they've done. In that sense, it's the best kind of EP, existing because of a discernable creative spark, not as a clearinghouse for also-ran songs or a victory lap following a knockout year.
  12. Feb 9, 2011
    74
    This EP sounds, in many ways, like a showcase of new equipment and technology, proof that White just might be one of the best pop producers working right now. However, the songs might be too cerebral, lacking the brevity, structural simplicity, and dare I say petulance that made "Lust For Life" so easy to fall so hard for.
  13. Feb 9, 2011
    70
    It's a scatterbrainedness that makes Girls endearing and frustrating at the same time, and it's pertinent to remember that Elvis Costello often sang about more than just girls. Still, it's hard to begrudge a band their niche when they do it so well.
  14. Feb 9, 2011
    70
    As the second album looms, it's exciting to hear them sound so bold and articulate.
  15. Feb 9, 2011
    60
    Just after returning from a European tour in support of their breakout debut, Girls upgraded their recording equipment and chose six of their favorite new songs for the surprisingly conventional-sounding Broken Dreams Club EP.
  16. Feb 9, 2011
    50
    Now, they're just going through the motions.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    10
    Broken Dreams Club is probably the best EP i've ever heard. Girls continue to expand their sound from their masterpiece Album and prove thatBroken Dreams Club is probably the best EP i've ever heard. Girls continue to expand their sound from their masterpiece Album and prove that they are one of the best indie bands right now Full Review »
  2. Feb 17, 2011
    9
    These six songs on the follow up to 2009's Album are beautifully crafted in the most stubborn way. Last years LP had its flaws and drones, butThese six songs on the follow up to 2009's Album are beautifully crafted in the most stubborn way. Last years LP had its flaws and drones, but with Broken Dreams Club there are no mess ups or lazy recordings (God Damned from Album). Broken Dreams Club has trumpets, layered guitars and picture perfect drums, all surrounded by Chris Owens' Elvis Costello swing of vocals. This EP really brings out the potential these guys have and hopefully their sophomore album will continue to progress as the musicians discover their talents. Full Review »