Famous First Words - Viva Brother
Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. Jan 18, 2012
    40
    Famous First Words was always going to struggle to live up to the band's bold promises, but it's still a shock at how a Brit-pop scene renowned for its color can be responsible for something so utterly drab.
  2. Aug 12, 2011
    20
    As a record that Geffen plus Newell and co expect anyone to pay for, this album is a distillation of all that is wrong with British guitar music, peddled by a band so consumed by their own deluded egotism that they think of themselves as its saviours.
  3. Aug 2, 2011
    29
    In execution the whole thing comes off as nothing more than a thinly disguised, crass attempt to smoke latent Oasis fans out of hiding. Unfortunately for them, Beady Eye already beat them to the punch.
  4. Aug 18, 2011
    40
    Famous First Words passes by amiably enough, like a TV clip-show but is eerily without a sense of place, time or even quirk to make you believe in it. [Sep 2011, p.98]
  5. Aug 16, 2011
    40
    Recent name change can't save disappointing debut. [Sept. 2011, p.105]
  6. Aug 26, 2011
    40
    Viva Brother lack much of Blur's charming artyness and all of the Gallaghers' battering rock immensity and football terrace touch. [Sept. 2011, p. 96]
  7. Famous First Words sounds less like a manifesto, more like a misguided step-by-step guide.
  8. Aug 2, 2011
    40
    If you want to stretch your wings further, you need originality and you need not just bravado but actual courage--and Viva Brother's world is neither brave nor new.
  9. Aug 2, 2011
    30
    There isn't really an awful lot else to say. Famous First Words might not be the worst record you'll hear this year, but it's certainly one of the most pointless.
  10. Aug 2, 2011
    40
    As Famous First Words plays, it's impossible to stop craving something, anything, a bit more original, up to and including a fusion of the deep pulse of the digeridoo with the soaring heights of the bagpipes. That's certainly an achievement, but not, you suspect, the one Viva Brother were aiming for.
  11. Aug 8, 2011
    50
    Disappointing fare from Britpop revivalists on the receiving end of critical vitriol.
  12. Aug 9, 2011
    0
    This album is an abomination. It's a rancid pile of regurgitated tripe.
  13. Aug 2, 2011
    50
    What's frustrating is that it's too damn enjoyable and not quite derivative enough to actively hate.
  14. Aug 2, 2011
    30
    Yet for all their bluster of writing anthems for a new generation and saving guitar music, the reality is little more than a damp squib.
  15. 20
    Strident guitars and harmonies tug one's sleeve, eager for attention they don't merit, while the lyrics seem to be about nothing.
  16. 20
    Ultimately, Famous First Words sets the cause of resurgent guitar rock backā€¦ ooh, a good 20 years.
  17. This debut is so lame, it makes the Beady Eye album sound like Let It Bleed.
User Score
2.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 11, 2011
    2
    This is a joke, surely? Also, I don't hate the album just because of critical reception, I've heard the album. Imagine if Oasis's first albumThis is a joke, surely? Also, I don't hate the album just because of critical reception, I've heard the album. Imagine if Oasis's first album was Standing on the shoulders of giants and their albums went downhill in the same way, well this is what their 4th album would be like. A pointless attempt at invoking some feeling of nostalgia. Full Review »
  2. Jun 1, 2012
    4
    This Is Just Not A Good Album At All..
    One Of Two "Ok Songs"
    The Rest Is Just Total Crap.. I Give Them A 4 Because I Feel Bad For Them...
    This Is Just Not A Good Album At All..
    One Of Two "Ok Songs"
    The Rest Is Just Total Crap..
    I Give Them A 4 Because I Feel Bad For Them... Just A Really Bad Bad Bad Album..
    The Worst Of 2011 Sadly...
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