Fantastic Playroom

  • Record Label: Modular
  • Release Date: Jul 9, 2007
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The only thing that prevents Fantastic Playroom from being a wholly perfect creation is the simple fact that, as good as it is, this is still only their first album.
  2. Fantastic Playroom puts the emphasis on the content, not the trend, and in so doing makes a damn good case for post-punk's matriculation.
  3. It is a fetching 40-minute album, with each song supplying its own set of penetrating hooks, ear-ticklingly sharp guitars, moody synthesizer gauze, and mobile rhythms.
  4. If Fantastic is saying anything meaningful, it's "shut the hell up and have some fun."
  5. NYPC's restrained disco needs to rip it up and get wilder, cos this down‘n’dirty posse is actually cleaner than a Boots cosmetics counter.
  6. Fantastic Playroom packs enough innovation in its boosters to reach new rave escape velocity.
  7. As singles, most of these songs would fly off of the shelves, but taken as a whole album it can get a bit tiring.
  8. It's almost as if Fantastic Playroom is trying to do too much. With so many agendas, it's a miracle that New Young Pony Club ended up all on the same page at all. Such ambition makes Fantastic Playroom a disjointed experience, but its triumphs are worth delighting in.
  9. After the sass and bluster of the first half, the record settles into a rather one-dimensional groove.
  10. The icy joylessness with which Bulmer humors her band's recordings doesn't ruin everything, shockingly enough.
  11. Over a whole album, the formula wears thin, and they sound like a band trying too hard to be trendy.
  12. New Young Pony Club claim they can give us what we want, but they haven’t got a clue what we need.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. JusticeB
    Jul 28, 2008
    10
    To the CSS fan(s) you should know that Ice Cream and The Get Go were originally released in 2005 and CSS were aware of it. The bands are both To the CSS fan(s) you should know that Ice Cream and The Get Go were originally released in 2005 and CSS were aware of it. The bands are both fans of each other too so what's you problem? Full Review »
  2. RichardS.
    Oct 4, 2007
    7
    The album is ok and whoever is leaving all those zeros...dude stop using diff. names we know you are the same person.
  3. moeiswe
    Aug 23, 2007
    10
    i think they're good and i like css too.