User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 69
  2. Negative: 5 out of 69

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  1. MelB.
    Feb 17, 2008
    6
    Supposedly I should think this is one of the finest of '08 thus far, I'm supposed to be dazzled and swept away by their Arcade Fire-esque chants and intimidating canyon wide production...sorry, I am not an Arcade Fire fan, but at least when they have a group chant it means something transcendent. I cannot help but feel a little manipulated when I am supposed to repeat the name Supposedly I should think this is one of the finest of '08 thus far, I'm supposed to be dazzled and swept away by their Arcade Fire-esque chants and intimidating canyon wide production...sorry, I am not an Arcade Fire fan, but at least when they have a group chant it means something transcendent. I cannot help but feel a little manipulated when I am supposed to repeat the name of a British wrestler. Instead it comes off as a calculated attempt at becoming an epic band instead. Expand
  2. MM.
    Mar 1, 2008
    5
    If this is considered "rock music," then I guess the answer to the question is: "Not really." Lyrically awkward at times, musically dull at times, it feels like there's a lot of filler here. Don't get me wrong: there are a handful of decent-to-good tracks, but you've gotta hunt for them.
  3. Leslie
    Feb 14, 2008
    5
    I can't believe I'm saying this, but Pitchfork got it right. This album really disappoints and will probably be the most overrated album of 2008, it's this year's Neon Bible.It really is the decline of BSP (lol?).Also lol@ all the BSP fanboys who got pissy about U point 2.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. They muster compelling music that sounds like triumph in the face of adversity, building something beautiful out of the building blocks of sadness and despair.
  2. Wired with a sense of opportunity, these little Caesars continue to play mother's favourite rather than the ostracised gurning recluses they initially cast themselves as.
  3. A powerful collection of passionate, anthemic rockers that will no doubt please their hardcore following whilst winning new converts to the cause.