Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    An entertaining album that follows no musical rules, a record interconnected by one common denominator--that there happily isn't one.
  2. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    It's certainly accomplished and self-assured, and at its best the results are truly impressive.
  3. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Emperor's Nightingale takes that smoky Stereo MCs sound to the stadium much more effectively than their previous attempts.
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Ultimately, Emperor's Nightingale is, despite its inconsistencies, a vital Stereo MCs album, a phrase you wouldn't expect to utter in 2011.
  5. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    Together they've grafted that rare commodity: Grown man dance music with dignity intact. [Nov 2011, p.103]
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    50
    Serviceable for the most part, Nightingale nevertheless sounds dated. [Oct. 2011, p. 113]
  7. Oct 25, 2011
    40
    It's a mixed listen. [Oct 2011, p.128]
  8. Oct 18, 2011
    40
    It is to be hoped that they will continue to make relevant urban commentaries as they have done prior to this brave but largely disappointing record.

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