Famous First Words - Viva Brother
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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics What's this?

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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    50
    What's frustrating is that it's too damn enjoyable and not quite derivative enough to actively hate.
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    50
    Disappointing fare from Britpop revivalists on the receiving end of critical vitriol.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Aug 9, 2011
    0
    This album is an abomination. It's a rancid pile of regurgitated tripe.

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. 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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  2. 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. Expand