Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It's like H&S [Holsapple & Stamey] never went away.
  2. Jun 27, 2012
    90
    Falling Off the Sky is a fresh start for the band that many of us thought should have dominated the 1980s. Clearly, they still have the chops to dominate the 2010's.
  3. Jun 13, 2012
    90
    It's pure pop for grown-ups, filled with smarts, experience and a faith in the power of four-quarter time, played with the kind of chemistry that's only possible in musicians who've spent their whole lives together, rocking out as if nothing else matters. [No.88 p.55]
  4. Jun 12, 2012
    88
    "Falling Off the Sky" sounds like the work of a band still very much at the top of its game.
  5. Aug 8, 2012
    80
    It lacks the crisp modernity of old but it's knee-deep in lush curvature and angular salvos, and new favourites keep emerging. [Sep 2012, p.94]
  6. Jun 14, 2012
    80
    Falling Off The Sky is the rare comeback effort worthy of its legacy. [Jun 2012, p.82]
  7. 70
    Another dozen perfectly crafted ringing nuggets that pick up where 1982's "Repercussion," the last album that featured the original lineup, left off.
  8. Jun 15, 2012
    70
    Falling Off the Sky might not be the dB's at their peak, but it is a fun little album full of great hooks and minimal filler.
  9. Jun 12, 2012
    70
    Falling evokes the band's best work without sounding dated.
  10. Jun 12, 2012
    70
    On Falling Off the Sky, the four individuals make strong, intelligent, and well-crafted pop music that's significantly less wiry and more thoughtful and mature (for lack of a better word) than the records they made in the 1980s.
  11. Aug 20, 2012
    60
    If the production is a little soft, there's no denying the old boys can still knock out pop thrills. [Sep 2012, p.99]
  12. Jul 12, 2012
    60
    Mostly the songs chug along exuberantly, jangly melodies and bouncy choruses marrying the energy of youth with the finesse of age. It's not radical, and quality varies, but their sharper moments are glorious.
  13. Jun 21, 2012
    60
    This album never devolves into a self-indulgently morbid pity party.
  14. Jun 12, 2012
    60
    [They] remain masters of stately jangle, and their writing now has a reflective depth that makes for music that's wise as well as crafty.
  15. Jun 20, 2012
    57
    Falling Off the Sky misses the opportunity to explore that fear of obsolescence too deeply.
  16. Jun 26, 2012
    55
    They made a wholesome record without embarrassing themselves or their fans.
  17. 50
    Justifiably lacking that exuberance, Falling Off the Sky is tame and predictable.
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  1. Jul 24, 2012
    6
    The whole album "Falling Off The Sky" is a rather unusual, due to the fact that it is the first for over 25 years release of The dB's, that regales the listener with a compilation of carefree pieces in climates of power and jangle pop, which makes this album a reference to the years' 80 and former activity of the band. There is no denying that CD is pleasure-listen, songs are on their way simple, but they can catch the attention and leave a pretty positive experience. Full Review »