Degeneration Street

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    At 14 tracks, what begins as a demonstration of impressive ambition ends up dragging. [Apr 2011, p.78]
  2. 60
    Ultimately, though, its success still falls on Lightburn's shoulders, a vocalist who's always straddled the line between impassioned and overwrought.
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    60
    Though not without merit, the overriding sensation is one of empty melodrama.
  4. Mar 4, 2011
    60
    They're clearly aiming for epic but more often accomplish exhausting. It's admirable to see a band unselfconscious enough to present such unapologetically maudlin balladry (in a good way), but there's only so much of it you can take in one sitting.
  5. Feb 23, 2011
    60
    The album runs a tad long--and it's difficult to suss out the band's individual voice from underneath the weight of their influences. [Mar 2011, p.92]
  6. Mar 14, 2011
    40
    It's not a bad record (they knew I was going to say that) and in the Eighties-MTV alternative rock-lite rush of Thrones it does have one genuinely great pop moment, which as far as I'm aware is more than can be said for any of its predecessors.
  7. 40
    There are moments on Degeneration Street that suggest Dears' creative mainspring Murray Lightburn is hoping to effect an Arcade Fire-style vault from indie saltmines to popularity; but it's all too little, and at five albums into their career, too late for that.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 24, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. An excelent album, no more words. what else can i say....oh yes.. just a question; what kind of persons work in Pitchfork?, o better say "PItchFUCK", they have their tastes in their backs; is terrible that persons like these work writing something that they call a review. Full Review »