Control

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13

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  1. WesC.
    Jun 4, 2002
    8
    Solid theme throughout... emotional range explored throughout with style changes
  2. TyH.
    Jul 9, 2002
    10
    An excellent critique of the "Anti-Culture" of the United States. I would argue that the album is pure genius
  3. matts
    Nov 15, 2002
    9
    It's a great album. I think that Pedro is hands down the best emo/indie song writer. His lyrics are dark, and sometimes scary, but other times filled with hope.
  4. TheDudeAbides
    May 29, 2002
    8
    Speaking as a Pedro The Lion fan, I really like this record. I was surprised though, at how twisted he's getting. I hope this music isn't in any way autobiographical.
  5. ianvano
    Dec 8, 2003
    10
    amazing, a awesome story. deffenently buy the cd
  6. DannyZ.
    Jul 16, 2002
    9
    Amazing truths in this album. Plenty of "old" Pedro single guitar riffs and melodies and pleasingly new stronger songs much like in Winners Never Quit. I LOVE IT! although it is a bit surprising just how graphic some of the album is. But it's something today's america needs to hear.
  7. rob
    Oct 27, 2003
    10
    shows examples of ugly things occurring, but in such a beautiful way. it's strange how Pedro can make adultery sound so good, but he does...
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Control's opener "Options" is one of the saddest, most sincere songs to come down the pipe in years.
  2. Control may be dark and sometimes brutal, but it's ultimately life-affirming and difficult to forget.
  3. Control finds Bazan wallowing so completely in the dark side of the human psyche that it becomes stifling after awhile.