Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Uncut
    This is surprisingly, refreshingly, "modern" music. [Mar 2002, p.104]
  2. Alternative Press
    As stylishly remote, timelessly constructed and challengingly intelligent as you'd expect from artists like these. [May 2002, p.83]
  3. While there's no question that this is rooted in the '80s (not always a good thing), when the two concentrate on songs, it sounds mighty good.
  4. Hopefully, Buzzcocks, Magazine, and Luxuria fans will approach this material with open minds because, while it lacks the visceral punch of those bands' work, Buzzkunst proves that Shelley and Devoto still have a lot to offer their fans -- and each other.
  5. Buzzkunst doesn't exactly offer any revelatory music, but it certainly is good, sometimes even great.
  6. Q Magazine
    [Falls] between the arch electronic vistas of later Magazine and skewed, Giorgio Moroder-esque avant-pop. [Feb 2002, p.114]
  7. ShelleyDevoto is obviously having a blast, and while Buzzkunst is no thundering masterpiece, the blast is not at listeners' expense.
  8. Mixer
    This record is neat and all, but Buzzkunst doesn't add to the collective legacy of Shelley and Devoto. [June 2002, p.88]
  9. While the pair probably had a lot of fun making the record, unfortunately, it isn't the most enjoyable listen.
  10. An uneven collection of synthesized experimentation that relies too heavily on familiar and cliched electronic tricks to sound original.
  11. There wouldn't be a problem at all if Buzzkunst wasn't such a maddeningly forgettable record.

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