• Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2006
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Filter
    88
    Nine Black Alps' raucous nod to the early '90s sounds more heartfelt than the work of so many of their countrymen who can't get past the '80s. [#19, p.96]
  2. 'Everything Is' is as frenzied as music gets, full of the energy that only comes with youthfulness, but also tinged with a world weariness that comes with being part of a hugely disaffected and cynical generation.
  3. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    Clever and memorable--an electrifying frisson of underground meets overground, punk purism meets pop perfection, artistic integrity meets not minding too much if more than five people like you. [11 Jun 2005, p.65]
  4. Urb
    80
    It rocks--hard. [Apr 2006, p.90]
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Tunefully mix[es] alt-rock with proto-metal gestures and (bravo!) virtually no '80s references. [3 Mar 2006, p.103]
  6. Their dark yet energetic, garage pop - all needling, pivot-on-a-penny riffs, eruptive noise and high tensile dynamics - borrows from Buzzcocks, Pixies and Nirvana/Foo Fighters but, for all its tautness and intensity, there's little on Nine Black Alps' debut LP likely to change the world.
  7. Mojo
    70
    Rocks and then rocks harder, launching wave after wave of vicious punk hooks. [Jul 2005, p.106]
  8. Uncut
    70
    Nine Black Alps possess a secret weapon befitting a band whose emergence sparked a transatlantic A&R scramble: tunes. [Jun 2005, p.104]
  9. Billboard
    70
    What they lack in ingenuity, they make up for by turning each song into a full-out event. [4 Mar 2006]
  10. Alternative Press
    70
    9BA have a sense of urgency that should appeal both to Anglophiles and to punk scenesters who also inexplicably like Oasis. [Apr 2006, p.216]
  11. Blender
    70
    Us[es] Nevermind as a trusty road map. [Apr 2006, p.116]
  12. Under The Radar
    70
    Straight ahead, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll. [#13, p.94]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. AdrianM
    Mar 28, 2006
    10
    This is the best record I have heard since the YYY's Fever to Tell. Its raw, loud and lryically interesting. It nice to hear somtning This is the best record I have heard since the YYY's Fever to Tell. Its raw, loud and lryically interesting. It nice to hear somtning diffrent than all the crap Emo Punk coming from the US and the melancholy whine of current Brit Pop Full Review »
  2. GarrettS
    Mar 1, 2006
    9
    This gets mixed reviews, yet people drool over overhyped cliche stuff like arctic monkeys. Wow. This is just good ol' rock and roll, This gets mixed reviews, yet people drool over overhyped cliche stuff like arctic monkeys. Wow. This is just good ol' rock and roll, lots of energy and melody. Anyone who enjoys any form of rock music can enjoy this. Full Review »
  3. Alex
    Feb 28, 2006
    9
    class as! yes, it smacks of Nirvana.... but since when was that a bad thing? eh? eh?