Business Casual

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. There's nothing really spectacular about any track, although in a strange way the entire album does have the ability to grow on you.
  2. Blender
    60
    For Beep Beep, New Wave means not zippy synth-pop but the brute force of '70s punk turned into screwed-up yet finely calibrated outbursts. [Sep 2004, p.134]
  3. Despite Beep Beep's shortcomings, they do get over on energy alone.
  4. Alternative Press
    60
    Overall, the Beeps still seem like a work in progress. [Nov 2004, p.140]
  5. New Musical Express (NME)
    50
    On first listen sound[s] like someone taking the piss out of The Rapture. [11 Sep 2004, p.57]
  6. Rolling Stone
    40
    [Bemberger's] annoyingly wordy yelp carries only a few memorable lines and fewer melodies. [14 Oct 2004, p.98]
  7. Q Magazine
    40
    Rendered with all the warmth of a fax machine. [Sep 2004, p.117]
  8. Despite the wailing vocals and insipid lyrics, the rhythm section nearly saves this album with its tensely coiled, ready-to-explode grooves.
  9. Urb
    40
    Done in by fussy, irritating delivery and lyrics that range from clunky moralizing to potshots at easy targets. [Nov 2004, p.98]
  10. The sheer number of things happening in each song and the volume at which they are performed causes almost instantaneous sensory overload on all but a few tracks.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. BenD
    Aug 27, 2005
    8
    For the most part, this is a very fun and enjoyable album. Some songs ("Misuse Their Bodies", "Electronic Wolves") are immediate dance-punk For the most part, this is a very fun and enjoyable album. Some songs ("Misuse Their Bodies", "Electronic Wolves") are immediate dance-punk classics while others ("Executive Foliage", "Chewy Poison") are flat out annoying. At the high points of this album it is clear that Beep Beep could be that band to fill in the dance-punk niche that indie rock so desperately needs. All they really need to do is tone down the high-pitched screaming. Business Casual shows a lot of potential and I look forward to their next album. Full Review »
  2. MarkR
    Apr 12, 2005
    8
    Hellishly hard to listen to at times, but stick at it, it *is* worth it.
  3. AdlyE
    Jan 24, 2005
    8
    Listing to beep beep is a unnerving yet fun experinece like drinking to much caffine definetly a work in progress but definetly great