Electric Blue Watermelon

  • Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Sep 6, 2005
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. What they really are is a 21st century version of a good old Southern rock band who know all too well that the hills of North Mississippi are alive with real folk music.
  2. While previous releases have found the pride of North Mississippi exploring various manifestations of their musical identity, on Electric Blue Watermelon they pull everything together and bring their artistic progression full circle.
  3. Billboard
    90
    "Electric Blue Watermelon" consistently demonstrates that they have arrived at a place where their special feel for hill country blues and their Southern rock sensibilities are in sync. [10 Sep 2005]
  4. Blender
    70
    Gracefully balances dirty-South revelry with gorgeous graveyard reveries. [Oct 2005, p.141]
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    It's sort of like the Allman Brothers Band jamming with the P-Funk All Stars, with LL Cool J guesting. [9 Sep 2005, p.141]
  6. Paste Magazine
    70
    Perfectly ragged and wholly entertaining throughout. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.131]
  7. Electric Blue Watermelon expertly combines elements of the previous three albums with a few cool new additions, making for not only the most diverse concoction of blues and rock the band has recorded to date, but also their best album so far.
  8. Rolling Stone
    60
    Sometimes suffers from roots-rock blandness, but it delivers enough open-armed mojo to satisfy purists and curious young'uns alike. [8 Sep 2005, p.112]
  9. The New York Times
    80
    On "Electric Blue Watermelon"... the trio makes its strongest statement about who it is and where it lives. [5 Sep 2005]
  10. Uncut
    70
    It's not their reworkings of songs by Charley Patton, Fred McDowell and RL Burnside that impress most here, but rather their own compositions. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  11. Urb
    80
    Surprising and fresh. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.103]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MaxC
    Apr 9, 2006
    10
    The blues/rock concept of the North Mississippi Allstars reaches its zenith with this their sixth album.
  2. steveb
    Jan 26, 2006
    10
    great nasty southern album...
  3. davidh
    Dec 8, 2005
    10
    best record of 2005 (so far!)