User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
  2. Negative: 3 out of 50

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  1. vcbnmrwea
    Mar 6, 2004
    0
    I bought this crap expecting to get a free tv. Instead I got a free radio that plays tv. It also dosns't have Thisrty Babs!
  2. fakename
    Sep 11, 2006
    3
    I have a name for this: Critic Rock. Sketchy, unapproachable singing that that removes any hope of tunefuleness layered over aimless noodling and very little rhythmic interest. Less interesting than another insufferable crit-rock band: Yo La Tengo. This is an exemplar of Metacritic's one weakness: crit-rock will always score well.
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 80
    What's most frightening is that, mighty as Desperate Youth... is, their real stone killer is probably yet to come. [Jul 2004, p.100]
  2. There are some amazing songs on Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, but overall it still feels like a transition[al] release of a group really trying to nail things.
  3. Their initial EP documented a band that sounded ready to take on the world – but the follow up just shows that the journey may take longer than expected.