Carl Barat

  • Record Label: Arcady
  • Release Date: Oct 4, 2010
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Q Magazine
    Oct 28, 2010
    60
    The jazzier the arrangements, however, the more effective his soul-searching becomes. [Nov 2010, p.105]
  2. Uncut
    Oct 28, 2010
    60
    Most of the tracks were written on the piano and jettison guitars for chamber orchestrations. There are Brechtian oom-pah songs, elegant tangos, and two bruise-coloured ballads that might be the best Barat has written. [Nov 2010, p.81]
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    60
    Try as he might, Barat can run, to Europe and beyond, but he will always find it hard to hide from his past.
  4. 60
    More worryingly, there's a nagging sense that he's decided to dress it up in grandiose, emotive sentiments simply to camouflage a lack of real emotional investment.
  5. Oct 28, 2010
    40
    With its insipid, limp first half this is most certainly not the record to do it. The listening experience is made all the more irritating and frustrating given the sudden improvement in the final third of the record, but no part of it will ever be described as life changing or world-shattering.
  6. Oct 28, 2010
    40
    This self-titled snoozer misses any of the zip that made the Libs and, to an extent, erstwhile offshoot Dirty Pretty Things arresting.

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