Como te Llama

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Some of ¿Como Te Llama?'s individual songs are stronger than the material on Hammond's debut, but as a whole, it's a shade less engaging than "Yours to Keep"--though it's still enjoyable enough to please most Strokes fans.
  2. Hammond does successfully replicate the pop-rockin’ sounds of the past and does it with considerable style to spare.... But like many students attempting to impress their teachers, much of ¿Cómo Te Llama? fails to push things past the established curriculum set by the originators.
  3. The fact that Hammond can’t actually sing that well is rendered practically obsolete on this album; his hazy drawl may not be the strongest in the world, but it suits these songs just fine.
  4. On his second solo record, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. hedges his bets with familiar guitar-pop exercises alongside tracks that find him stretching into uncharacteristic territory.
  5. The album is so wide-ranging and open to experiment that it stands up in its own right--unlike most side projects.
  6. Overall it’s a solid sophomore effort, and certainly good enough to tide Strokes fans over until that band’s next release.
  7. 60
    None of it is in any sense inspired, and Hammond tries his hand at that Swiss-finishing-school skank once too often, but many tracks here could comfortably make it onto First Impressions of Earth.
  8. Under The Radar
    60
    Similar to his solo debut, Hammond’s lead guitar lines often surprisingly take a backseat here--a marked change from their prominence on more recent Strokes albums. In the end it’s by no means a new Strokes record, but it’ll do until the day a new one finally comes along. [Summer 2008]
  9. ¿Cómo Te Llama? is best when the songs seem to shake and quaver within their candy-coated shells; fittingly, that’s when they’re at their Strokes-iest.
  10. Q Magazine
    60
    It builds upn the spirit that made his debut, "Yours To Keep," so warm. [Aug 2008, p.136]
  11. ¿Cómo Te Llama? is composed almost entirely of the same kind of songs that made "Yours to Keep" such a lopsided affair.
  12. The results aren't bad, just wan, and they make for one of the most characterless albums of the year.
  13. 40
    Hammond, Jr. paints an awfully pretentious portrait of a dude caught playing with his best friend’s b-sides.
  14. Mojo
    40
    ¿Cómo Te Llama? is not a bad record, just so unrelentingly average that you wonder how in this age of music biz recession, it could be worth anyone's 14.99. [Aug 2008, p.112]
User Score
8.3

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. Nov 3, 2010
    7
    Great album, a great follow up to his first album. If I had to pick my favorite song in the album it would have to be "GFC" The only negativeGreat album, a great follow up to his first album. If I had to pick my favorite song in the album it would have to be "GFC" The only negative is that some of the songs are not as brilliant but still most of it is very listenable. Full Review »