Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 7, 2011
    90
    This is perhaps his most beautiful work to date; its vulgarity is restrained but a sense of humour remains, and Wells and Moffat reach new emotional heights.
  2. May 9, 2011
    90
    Wells and Moffat have created a stunning album that assures us of the death and decay that is to come, but equally, they tell us, as long as we are still around, there is life to be lived, and music like this to be heard.
  3. As with some diseases, the album gets worse before it gets better, but by the end you're left stunned in admiration. Hell, there's even a redemptive arc. Amazing.
  4. May 24, 2011
    82
    Everything's Getting Older proving that, despite his wrinkles and back ache, Moffat's never going to shave his head/convert to Buddhism, and is still the scowling, contemptuous, but eloquent philanderer he was when he was tearing up the '90s--except now, he's a little more comfortable, and attacks using serene piano accompaniments.
  5. May 31, 2011
    80
    Don't believe a word of it; this mediation on aging has moments as filthy as anything from his X-rated past. [Jun 2011, p.125]
  6. May 23, 2011
    80
    Wells adds waves of beauty, and flurries of click-track neurosis to Moffat's dispatches from the fringes of self-disgust. [Jun 2011, p.91]
  7. May 18, 2011
    80
    Their orchestral meditations on aging are convincing and beautiful. [Jun 2011, p.96]
  8. May 10, 2011
    80
    It's easy to revel in Moffat's bleak wordplay and his everyman observations, but behind the black clouds and bitterness there are reminders of love and tempered optimism, encompassed by The Greatest Story Ever Told.
  9. May 9, 2011
    80
    Throughout, Wells' arrangements are excellently matched with Moffat's lyrics and performances song for song.
  10. May 10, 2011
    70
    The net result, a tapestry through dark alleys and along river banks, makes for an entertaining listening journey.
  11. He calls love and life as it really is: occasionally sweet, rarely trouble-free and often so suicidally routine we could all become the man he speaks of on 'Ballad Of The Bastard'.
  12. May 4, 2011
    70
    It's neither an easy nor a joyful listen, but tolerate the unrelenting gloom and it is never less than absorbing.

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