Crown Royal

Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. Sadly, what should have been a spirited old-school revival feels more like half-baked nostalgia.
  2. Ultimately, most Run DMC fans would have been much happier with old-school Run, D, and Jay than with a smorgasbord of Billboard chart-toppers for hire.
  3. It’s not just that Crown Royal is a mediocre album; it’s how it manages that feat. Run-DMC, former trendsetters, now seem to be chasing after every pop fad in the book, including the ones they helped start.
  4. On Crown Royal, Run DMC are looking back so much that their necks must be permanently turned in that direction. Not only does nearly every track attest to how legendary Run DMC are, nearly every track also quotes directly from at least one song off their first four albums. It gets downright pathetic, every song bringing out a strong feeling of déjà vu.
  5. The musical equivalent of Willie Mays stumbling around in the outfield years after his skills were gone, Crown Royal fails in the most arbitrary, impersonal way possible, piling on so many ringers that Run DMC often seems like a guest at its own party.
  6. The Ishtar of comeback albums -- overdone, underinspired, and marketed to within an inch of its life.
User Score
3.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Apr 6, 2016
    0
    i will always remain a fan of their past work that put them on the map with their unique style. but sadly this one sounds very uninspired andi will always remain a fan of their past work that put them on the map with their unique style. but sadly this one sounds very uninspired and poorly done and will easily be forgotten in time. Full Review »
  2. ChrisH
    Jan 12, 2007
    5
    Some catchy songs, but far too many guest spots & commercialism. It's a shame that hip-hop's pioneers had to go out like this.