Generation - Audio Bullys

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Generation's toughness rings hollow like a rerun.
  2. Because most of the time they choose attitude over melody or innovation, Generation slips into would-have, could-have territory.
  3. Generation is a sonic mess, all weightless synth swish, dull beats, and maybe-ironic midi horns.
  4. 40
    It's primitive, geezerish stuff but lacks, say, the finesse and humour of contemporary Mike Skinner's work. [Oct 2005, p.112]
  5. It tries to be everything at once, with varying results. [Oct 2005, p.114]
  6. 40
    For every shot that hits the target, however, another flies into the blue. [Sep 2005, p.92]
  7. A largely vocals-free mishmash of brittle beats, buzzy sound effects and hipster ambience that sounds great when Dizzee Rascal is rhyming over it but cold and tinny on its own.
  8. For a genre that once sounded astonishingly futuristic, it is quite remarkable how tired and old house sounds now.
  9. The emphasis with Generation seems to be on cramming in as many styles as possible. This gets tediously close to "look I'm a DJ, watch what I can play," rendering listening the first few times a nauseating experience.
  10. Generation betrays Audio Bullys' aspirations to say Something Important, undeterred by the absence of either insight or eloquence.
  11. Occasionally get[s] a tad too close to Jamiroquai territory. [Nov 2005, p.226]
  12. Audio Bullys don't waste energy giving any of their half-baked whims time to develop into songs.
  13. Despite its handful of down moments that are either too thickly house influenced or too slow and off the mark, Generation shows that the Audio Bullys’ brand of dance music has staying power.
  14. 20
    A low-rent version of the Streets without Mike Skinner's wit, they're just a couple of palookas mouthing off in the pub. [Nov 2005, p.131]
  15. What's that sound? That's the sound of a barrel scraping and a career being flushed down a toilet.
  16. This is nearly half of a really good follow up to their debut, but that first sequence of tracks is so lackluster, so full of swagger and bile meaning nothing, that fans may not get to the good stuff.
  17. 60
    Good guilty pleasure music. [Oct 2005, p.76]
  18. By returning to the drawing board they used to create Ego War, Dinsdale and Franks have created a bigger, better version of their all-inclusive dance-pop/hip-hop.

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