Cookies - 1990s
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. There are a lot of clever, cutting lines in this album, lots of references to taking many drugs and then taking even more, and in the hands of a less assured band these things would come off sounding callow and glib.
  2. 1990s bring hooks, sneers and, well, intoxicants to spare, with the punched-up sheen of a production budget to boot (helmed by ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler).
  3. 1990s are a Scottish indie trio who pursue their ridiculous CBGB punk fantasies with almost religious devotion, resulting in some of the most hilariously brilliant singles of the past year.
  4. 'Cult Status'--just one standout from their joyous debut--sounds like Primal Scream when they were trying to be the Rolling Stones. Even better is 'You Made Me Like It,' their hand-clapping, hip-swivelling calling card.
  5. The whole midsection of the album is giddily enjoyable.
  6. 78
    The 1990s just may replace Franz as the dancefloor fillers of choice in Glasgow.
  7. Most of Cookies proceeds in similar fashion, with crunchy, showy riffs supporting clever hooks in the name of two-and-a-half minute pop nuggets that the late John Peel would have likely appreciated.
  8. A little of 1990s' debut album Cookies goes a long way, but bouncy, witty anthems like 'You Made Me Like It' kick hard, whether they're meant to be ironic or not.
  9. Things do sometimes get laboured and one-dimensional. But, there's a wry Glaswegian humour here, which ensures there are plenty of smiles to go with those dance moves.
  10. There is much to like about Cookies: Jackie McKeown has a perfect yelping voice to pull off the sarcastic, knowing and sassy lyrical pose, the band is tight and raw but able to rein things in on funky tunes like 'Arcade Precinct,' and Butler keeps things quite simple and gets a remarkably punchy sound out of the trio.
  11. 60
    McKeown's Marc Bolan-influenced rhymes and party-time shouts are always wryly slapdash, but the weaving bass line and expansive structure of 'Situation' indicate that 1990s still retain some of the members' arty ambitions.
  12. Cookies is a ridiculous record--which is, you suspect, exactly what 1990s intended.
  13. Cookies is a fairly typical debut album, in that it sees a band define their style and stick to it. No doubt in time they'll develop their sound, but in the meantime if you're after a good soundtrack to a party grab this album, kick off your shoes and get your rocks off.
  14. Not clever enough to be a joke and too uninspired to be taken seriously--put the 1990's back on the shelf. [Summer 2007, p.78]
  15. There’s no moderation on Cookies, no inner temperate telling the lads, "Enough’s enough," whether it’s following yet another crack about getting paralytic on drugs, another glammy, mascara-running-from-the-sweat-and-effort guitar solo, or that nth attempt to be cheeky.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 3, 2012
    10
    Brilliant debut. One of the most fun albums I have listened to in a while. Every song is a stand out. I have had this disc for 3 years now and it is still one of my favorites to play all the way through. Full Review »
  2. GordoC.
    Jan 5, 2008
    9
    Kickass rock with a punk attitude. Play it at your next party!
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 10, 2007
    10
    Great debut.