Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Busting out of car speakers on hot London streets this summer, 'Ego War' is gonna make you think that, finally, we've got a Brit band worth adoring.
  2. Over 13 tracks, not one a filler, they mix everything from punk to electro, house and disco, and end up like a delirious collision of the Specials and Basement Jaxx.
  3. Some of the sharpest beats and catchiest tunes ever to grace a dance LP. [Jun 2003, p.93]
  4. 80
    Their brutal beats are married to fabulous pop songs. [May 2003, p.106]
  5. 80
    Ego War doesn't disappoint, offering an instant hit of raucous energy via choppy rave-house dynamics, high-density Daft Punk-style production and a refreshingly anti-epic approach to songwriting. [#16, p.114]
  6. Like the best in commercial dance, Audio Bullys are excellent, distinctive producers, though their songwriting isn't in the same category.
  7. Even if their big 'n' bashy brand of party-happy tech-hop gets a bit familiar by album's end, it's destined to be a staple of 2003's party mixes.
  8. 80
    The most inspired batch of caffeine-fueled and jumped-up party favors you'll hear all year. [#104, p.95]
  9. They're no Basement Jaxx, and it's easy to hope for someone with more professional skills to come fill in the Audio Bullys' blueprints.
  10. Ego War's extra dash of sonic intensity works so superbly at times, it masks the album's weaknesses well, and becomes the duo's saving grace.
  11. 60
    Sometimes their brutish irreverence works.... But Audio Bullys' vignettes of suburban lad-life can't quite equal Mike Skinner's deft way with a lyric. [Jul 2003, p.106]
  12. The mix never really jells. [13 Jun 2003, p.96]
  13. The vast bulk of this album is the sort of stuff you'd expect from an averagely talented bunch of first year music students. Who smoke way, way, way too much dope.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. nicoh
    Jul 21, 2004
    10
    demolisher
  2. Lenv.p.
    Jun 6, 2004
    10
    its very good
  3. TBachhaus
    Jan 15, 2004
    9
    The best part of this album isn't even on the album. The Switch remix kills!