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. Occasionally get[s] a tad too close to Jamiroquai territory. [Nov 2005, p.226]
  3. 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]
  4. What's that sound? That's the sound of a barrel scraping and a career being flushed down a toilet.
  5. 40
    For every shot that hits the target, however, another flies into the blue. [Sep 2005, p.92]
  6. 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.
  7. For a genre that once sounded astonishingly futuristic, it is quite remarkable how tired and old house sounds now.
  8. Generation is a sonic mess, all weightless synth swish, dull beats, and maybe-ironic midi horns.
  9. Because most of the time they choose attitude over melody or innovation, Generation slips into would-have, could-have territory.
  10. 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.
  11. It tries to be everything at once, with varying results. [Oct 2005, p.114]
  12. 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.
  13. Audio Bullys don't waste energy giving any of their half-baked whims time to develop into songs.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Generation betrays Audio Bullys' aspirations to say Something Important, undeterred by the absence of either insight or eloquence.
  17. 40
    It's primitive, geezerish stuff but lacks, say, the finesse and humour of contemporary Mike Skinner's work. [Oct 2005, p.112]
  18. 60
    Good guilty pleasure music. [Oct 2005, p.76]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JonathanC
    Dec 26, 2006
    I agree that they try to do much, too many styles crammed into one album but I found it a thoroughly enjoyable listen. I bought it on the strength of their first album and this didn't disappoint. Full Review »
  2. BrankoS
    Apr 12, 2006
    Pleasure and privilege is mine.
  3. samc
    Mar 15, 2006
    Two English producers Tom Dinsdale and MC Simon Franks came together to make the infamous AUDIO BULLYS. and have produced two good albums, good emotional lirycs bout life sick dirty sounds wicked best ive heard in ages Full Review »