• Record Label: Sire
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Easily HIM's most accessible album to date.
  2. The New York Times
    80
    The songs are sturdier than ever, and they possess a sneaky sort of power. [10 Oct 2005]
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    A collection of irresistible pop-rock anthems. [Nov 2005, p.125]
  4. A solid, if not wholly overwhelming album.
  5. Blender
    60
    It's refreshing to hear a band approach the form's familiar imagery from a place of romance, not cynicism. [Oct 2005, p.138]
  6. An unremarkable, yet solid record.
  7. New Musical Express (NME)
    40
    The truth is that metal fans used to have a word for music like this, and that word is wimpy. [1 Oct 2005, p.45]
  8. Uncut
    40
    Sisters Of Mercy fans will remain defiantly nonplussed. [Nov 2005, p.103]
  9. Spin
    25
    Listening to this disc sorta gives new meaning to the phrase virgin sacrifice. [Oct 2005, p.142]
  10. While the drop in adrenaline has left room for some good ideas, they’re not fleshed out well enough, and with the lack of a single flat-out rocker, there’s nothing to get excited or exhilarated over.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 89
  2. Negative: 17 out of 89
  1. VenusDoom
    Apr 1, 2009
    10
    This album blew me away!
  2. joeyB
    Sep 5, 2007
    8
    this is a really great album....and the best thing about it is that it doesn't sound like all the other stuff thats out there....oh and this is a really great album....and the best thing about it is that it doesn't sound like all the other stuff thats out there....oh and for kicker tom...this music isn't emo....its goth rock! Full Review »
  3. olab.
    Jun 27, 2007
    10
    perfect! popish' yeah... but for what it is.. it's perfect