Burn Piano Island, Burn

Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The most prolific, beautiful, and vital statement of rock since the Stooges' Raw Power.
  2. Burn, Piano Island, Burn balances so perfectly between commercial appeal and untainted creativity that it's as if the band have been digitally inserted atop a mountain no man could conceivably climb.
  3. Mojo
    80
    There are no punk-lite hits here, but cult stardom is knocking at the door. [Mar 2003, p.112]
  4. The album's clever turns don't take away from The Blood Brothers as a ravaging hardcore band; instead, they enlist chops in service of a manic vision all the more insinuating for its brutality.
  5. Spin
    91
    They sound like they're too busy tearing their limbs off and hitting one another over the head with them to think about what the songs actually mean. [Apr 2003, p.102]
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    The Blood Brothers' take on hardcore incorporates all the shouty vocals, savage guitar riffing, and hyperspeed drumming you could ask for, but throws in two--sometimes counterproductive--vocalists, and loopy lyrics that aim for surrealist poetry and usually miss, badly. [11 Apr 2003, p.78]
  7. Alternative Press
    100
    The quintet's Molotov mixture of suburb surrealism and sonic extremity is the perfect scrub for everything you've been subjected to in culture and daily life. [Apr 2003, p.73]
  8. Burn, Piano Island, Burn is an album that must first be listened to twice: once to wrap your head around its peerless vigor and skull-rattling force, and again to revel in its restless creativity.
  9. Whether you end up liking this album or not, it is going to be one of the most intense things you've ever heard.
  10. It's the band's most vital disc to date, and one of the year's most memorable listening experiences.
  11. In one instant, lead singer Jordan Blilie is whispering passionately in your ear. In the next, he tears into your insides with growls so piercing you'd think he'd transformed into a savage beast.
  12. I have to admit that this release usually manages to give me a little boost when I listen to it and it has the added bonus of scaring little kids.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. johnw
    Feb 5, 2006
    10
    fuck crimes
  2. QuelfMonger
    Apr 24, 2003
    3
    Even the open minded will want to throw this CD out of the window and run for their dear little lives. I hung in there for the most part, and Even the open minded will want to throw this CD out of the window and run for their dear little lives. I hung in there for the most part, and had a good laugh or two, but in the end, this album fails to leave a mark (or should I say: skidmark) on the map. Does it rock? Dear God yes. And if "Rawkin'" is your sole criteria in buying music, look no further, you have found it. This album rocks so hard that my mind is still numb from the experience. But the album ultimately fails from a lack of variety in songs. Quite simply, every song sounds the same, and the end result is 40 minutes of hammering on your skull. It is headache inducing dribble. Avoid it. If you're looking to shock the bleep out of your friends, this CD would work, but may I suggest: "MC HellSh**". Now, THAT'S entertainment. Full Review »
  3. Sep 25, 2010
    10
    this album will kick the **** out of you! lyricaly, and instrumentaly. if you sample it, and decide to go buy it. i highly recommend that youthis album will kick the **** out of you! lyricaly, and instrumentaly. if you sample it, and decide to go buy it. i highly recommend that you also pick up "march on electric children" also by the blood brothers. both intelligent, and well put together albums. Full Review »