Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Nov 8, 2011
    Yes, it sounds like you're now entering Bluejam, but Lynch discovered the place, and instead of quitting cinema to make an album that's being called his debut, it sounds more like he's coming home.
  2. Nov 7, 2011
    He could be a genius or he could be a lunatic; either way, one of modern filmdom's most debated and alluring figures has made an arresting album that successfully translates his visual surrealism to a new medium.
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    Although this is his first foray proper into the medium of electronic music, it's a masterful accomplishment.
  4. Nov 21, 2011
    Based on David Lynch's reputation, one can expect his first album to be either weird or cinematic. He delivers on both counts on Crazy Clown Time.
  5. Under The Radar
    Feb 2, 2012
    All throughout, Lynch succeeds in taking often innocuous subject matter and turning it into a dark, sometimes humorous, but always anxiety-ridden event. [#39, p.71]
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    The album as a whole is neither as crazy nor as clownish as fans would hope.
  7. Nov 14, 2011
    Crazy Clown Time isn't a groundbreaking work in the way that Lynch's films are, but that's not to say that there's not a lot of darkling pleasure for the intrepid and the curious.
  8. Nov 11, 2011
    Even if Crazy Clown Time isn't as accessible as some of the collaborations that arrived shortly before the album, Lynch fans will appreciate it as another example of his ability to put his unmistakable stamp on every art form he attempts.
  9. 70
    No matter what any of the songs sound like, Lynch stands center stage, his fingerprints over every single element of the music, and the expressive, emotive features on this album create a real response in the listener, from familiarity to icy discomfort.
  10. He wisely sticks to the spoken word for much of the album, whether delivering the sinister inner monologue of a stalker or a robot-voiced attempt to advocate Transcendental Mediation.
  11. Nov 7, 2011
    When the album works, it's truly something to behold, a marvelously twisted effort that acts as a corollary to the warped images Lynch has been creating for years.
  12. Nov 2, 2011
    It is a peculiar little record, but it hangs together very well, and makes a reasonable case for his ability to wring something worthy out of whatever art form he chooses to tackle.
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    Nov 11, 2011
    A typically creepy solo set full of warped guitars and carnival-barker vocals. [11 Nov 2011, p.75]
  14. Nov 8, 2011
    Crazy Clown Time never succumbs to the weight of its own novelty, and fits in nicely with Lynch's untidy and constantly evolving body of work.
  15. What this results in is an album that is just as frequently successful as it is frustrating.
  16. 63
    It's kind of cool, kind of confusing, and kind of boring.
  17. Nov 8, 2011
    Unfortunately, none of these songs actually feel like songs. Only a few have choruses or any significant chord changes. Instead, they're set pieces, which makes sense.
  18. Mojo
    Jan 12, 2012
    Everywhere, tremolo guitars twang, and slow, compressed drums beat out the rhythm of disquietude. [Dec. 2011 p. 99]
  19. Q Magazine
    Dec 15, 2011
    Dense swirls of electronic noise, baleful, twanging gothic country guitars, lyrics that never quite reveal some horrifying secret - fans of Lynch's films with find themselves on familiar ground. [Dec. 2011 p. 129]
  20. The Wire
    Dec 6, 2011
    Crazy Clown Time is like a sound painting of oddball modern USA done in the style of Old Weird America. {Nov 2011, p.62]
  21. Nov 11, 2011
    These songs lurch, sometimes crawl, through a swamp of woozy synths, twanging electric guitars, and portentous melodies.
  22. 60
    The skies overhead on his debut album are dark and menacing for the most part: this is music to depopulate dancefloors, not fill them.
  23. Nov 4, 2011
    This is an intriguing diversion for the veteran filmmaker--not quite good enough to make us want him to give up cinema for keeps, but certainly a new strand to his unique, ineffable vision.
  24. 60
    It's not a bad album as much, but to anyone familiar with Lynch's other work, it's entirely predictable in sound and style.
  25. 60
    The results sound as if Lynch's old protégé Chris Isaak had taken a left turn into lyrical eccentricity, pulsing synths and sinister atmospherics.
  26. Alternative Press
    Nov 2, 2011
    Like a late-night screening of Blue Velvet, it may be hard to get through, but impossible to ignore. [Dec 2011, p.121]
  27. Nov 2, 2011
    Lynch handles most everything else here--vocals, guitar, writing, production--creating soundscapes that are dark, unsettling, and often confusing.
  28. Nov 10, 2011
    To be fair, if it weren't for Lynch's lacklustre vocals and lyrics there might be a fairly solid collection of atmospheric retro rock 'n' roll here, but as it seems to be coming at the expense of his film career that's still not quite good enough.
  29. Nov 9, 2011
    Crazy Clown Time, recorded in Lynch's personal studio with engineer Big Dean Hurley, isn't exactly fart-blank, but this visual master shouldn't quit his day job.
  30. Dec 8, 2011
    Lynch, a man of minor obsessions, here explores just one -- quavery, Fifties-style guitar. The result's long on atmosphere and short on anything approaching mystery.
  31. Uncut
    Nov 23, 2011
    The whole oddball exercise is almost rescued by "Pinky's Dream." [Dec 2011, p.89]
  32. Nov 10, 2011
    Crazy Clown Time is clouded with studio experiments that attempt to hold up weak songs.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    David Lynch I love your films. I love the fact that after many years of dedication to other musicians (Julee Cruise, Crysta Bell {This Train..David Lynch I love your films. I love the fact that after many years of dedication to other musicians (Julee Cruise, Crysta Bell {This Train.. wow.. just plain wow}) and incredible input to your film scores you've dared to make your own album and make it completely "your own", totally unique and with it's own sound. Does it work Sorta kinda.. Full Review »
  2. Nov 29, 2011
    This a a trippy but sort of poppy album that's just kind of weird to listen to. Sometimes I really liked and other times I was thinking,This a a trippy but sort of poppy album that's just kind of weird to listen to. Sometimes I really liked and other times I was thinking, "What's up with this song?" This is something you have to listen to as a whole because just one song by itself feels very disconnected. Full Review »