Generation Freakshow

  • Record Label: EMI
  • Release Date: Apr 23, 2012
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 3, 2012
    70
    Generation Freakshow is still an impressive return to form from a band whose members sound revitalized and determined to prove they're not a spent force.
  2. Apr 23, 2012
    70
    The good far outweighs the bad here, and with Generation Freakshow Feeder have created another strong addition to their mostly impressive back catalogue.
  3. Apr 20, 2012
    70
    Generation Freakshow is more mature, more considered, and less noisy, but it's nonetheless got Feeder stamped all over it.
  4. Uncut
    Apr 20, 2012
    60
    It's a more anthemic, traditional and radio-friendly Feeder that greets is on their eight album. [Apr 2012, p.77]
  5. Apr 20, 2012
    50
    An album that could have built on the promise of the last, and instead dilutes it in an almost certainly vain pitch for chart success.
  6. Apr 20, 2012
    50
    The keyboards are the same tones, the chords are similar intervals, the vocals are heartfelt without the lyrics really saying anything, and perhaps most tellingly they don't deliver the goods on a pop hit to rival 'Buck Rogers'.
  7. Q Magazine
    Apr 24, 2012
    40
    Even the album's most compelling moments... aren't strong enough to save it. [May 2012, p.98]
  8. Apr 23, 2012
    40
    Their eighth studio album, and second on their own label, is another solid, if uninspiring, set.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 23, 2012
    8
    A triumphant return to a more accessible sound for the ageing Welsh rockers. Don't heed the lazy 'this album will only appeal to fans of theA triumphant return to a more accessible sound for the ageing Welsh rockers. Don't heed the lazy 'this album will only appeal to fans of the band' reviews - this is a solid album for which sales will sadly reflect the lack of media attention, rather than the quality of music on offer.

    Highlights include the sing-along 'Borders', Jon Lee tribute 'Hey Johnny', hard 'n' heavy 'Headstrong' and anthemic 'Sunrise'. Worth purchasing the iTunes version for 'Miles Away', which complements the standard edition tracks nicely.
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  2. Apr 23, 2012
    9
    A solid return to form for one of my favourite bands after the unstable Renegades album. If you enjoyed Pushing The Senses or Silent CryA solid return to form for one of my favourite bands after the unstable Renegades album. If you enjoyed Pushing The Senses or Silent Cry (which I did thoroughly), chances are you will enjoy this album. The best song for me is 'Sunrise' which consists brightly-tinged guitars combined with the catchiest Feeder chorus Grant has written since 'Buck Rogers', except this is ten times better. Other highlights include lead single 'Borders', touching 'Quiet', enthusiastic 'In All Honesty' and epic new single 'Children Of The Sun'. Definitely worth a purchase for any fan of alternative rock - especially seeing as it's Amazon's album of the week for only £4.99! Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2016
    10
    Generation Freakshow shouldn't be viewed as a step in an unforeseen direction for Feeder. In fact, very few of their albums remotely fit thatGeneration Freakshow shouldn't be viewed as a step in an unforeseen direction for Feeder. In fact, very few of their albums remotely fit that description, and yet it doesn't hold them back in the slightest. They are one of few bands who have, rather than touch of many different musical styles with quick, un-repeated flourishes, instead opted to stick to their guns and master the sound they are known and loved (and admittedly also disliked) for. Thus, in my opinion this album represents the culmination of all the finest moments the band has achieved in their previous releases, almost as if this record were a greatest hits compilation, and with efforts like this, fans should be delighted that Feeder don't stray from their comfort zone and risk failed experiments, when songwriting as top quality as this is the alternative.

    Track-pick: Sunrise
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