• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2006
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The New York Times
    60
    This is music that tries to be over-the-top and uncool: too hard, sometimes. But more often the songs are too contagious and exuberant to dislike.
  2. For Screening Purposes Only reminds you that art and ADD can work together just fine.
  3. Unfortunately, it must be said that the results of this musical experiment aren't always as successful as they might have hoped.
  4. Uncut
    60
    It's all far more familiar than might be expected. [Nov 2005, p.111]
  5. For Screening Purposes Only is rock without a filter.
  6. Billboard
    50
    The deafening dialectics often feel contrived, making Test Icicles sound like a fun "project," not a real band. [28 Jan 2006]
  7. It's a fairly fun album, albeit not one that sticks with you.
  8. The lack of variety here is as unsurprising as the rehashed chord progressions between songs.
  9. 'For Screening Purposes Only' reeks with the all-pervading whiff of vapid irony.
  10. They've become a word-of-mouth sensation on the basis of their live shows, which must be amazing, because in their recorded form the Icicles are generic metal caterwaulers.
  11. Blender
    40
    Deadening, obnoxious stuff. [Mar 2006, p.115]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. DelroyFunk
    Apr 26, 2006
    1
    wow, this is just noise, worst album ive heard in the past 5 years
  2. BrandonH
    Apr 15, 2006
    9
    I love it. Everything sounds like it could fall apart at any second, and that's exactly the kind of loud, decadent, new noise I've I love it. Everything sounds like it could fall apart at any second, and that's exactly the kind of loud, decadent, new noise I've been looking for while I wait for the next Blood Brothers release. Full Review »
  3. BenL
    Mar 16, 2006
    9
    Experimental, Dangerous, and Brilliant. Test Icicles re-invent music with a daunting future-sight. Probably the best record I've bought Experimental, Dangerous, and Brilliant. Test Icicles re-invent music with a daunting future-sight. Probably the best record I've bought over the last 6 months. Shame it's gonna be their last. Full Review »