• Record Label: EMI
  • Release Date: Apr 23, 2012
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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  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 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'
    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 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 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.A 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! Expand
  3. May 29, 2012
    9
    Feeder has showed with Generation Greakshow are able to grow with their age. Unlike other rock bands who still behave like they were when they started, Feeder has grown and made a strong melodic album which is able to statisfy their old and younger fans. Often compaired with a light version of bands such as Coldplay and Kings of Leon, Feeder is much more, and they deserve much more creditFeeder has showed with Generation Greakshow are able to grow with their age. Unlike other rock bands who still behave like they were when they started, Feeder has grown and made a strong melodic album which is able to statisfy their old and younger fans. Often compaired with a light version of bands such as Coldplay and Kings of Leon, Feeder is much more, and they deserve much more credit for their incredible work with Generation Freakshow. Expand
  4. Mar 27, 2016
    7
    Generation Freakshow showcases Feeder successfully resurrrecting much of the melodic sensibility they had begun to lose touch of since Pushing the Senses. It has respectful nods to their past; "Borders" carries a similar structure to "Buck Rogers" while steering clear of re-hashing its cheesy simplistic rhyming, whilst "Hey Johnny" recalls the period in which original drummer Jon LeeGeneration Freakshow showcases Feeder successfully resurrrecting much of the melodic sensibility they had begun to lose touch of since Pushing the Senses. It has respectful nods to their past; "Borders" carries a similar structure to "Buck Rogers" while steering clear of re-hashing its cheesy simplistic rhyming, whilst "Hey Johnny" recalls the period in which original drummer Jon Lee committed suicide and his bandmates struggled to come to terms with it. However, it also tries to build upon their future and shows a degree of promise in that regard. Expand
  5. 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 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 theyGeneration 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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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. Q Magazine
    Apr 24, 2012
    40
    Even the album's most compelling moments... aren't strong enough to save it. [May 2012, p.98]
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    40
    Their eighth studio album, and second on their own label, is another solid, if uninspiring, set.