Giraffe

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Feb 25, 2003
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    Giraffe hums with the kind of lush, emotive pop New Order were making circa Power, Corruption and Lies. [Mar 2003, p.94]
  2. A collection of skewed pop classics that draw as much on the contemporary R&B of Timbaland as they echo the darker side of New Order.
  3. This album will doubtlessly appeal to a broader audience than previous outings, but that's not to say it lacks the inventive, leftfield sensibility that has permeated Warren's other records.
  4. Uncut
    80
    The results are as charming as they are accessible. [Feb 2003, p.86]
  5. Impossible to pin down to a single genre or slavish style, Echoboy references everyone from David Bowie to Thomas Dolby to Roxy Music to nu electro, yet its sound, at times basking in cathedral drones, other times rent with oddball choirboy humming, is its own.
  6. Urb
    70
    His fiercest, finest record. [Feb 2003, p.94]
  7. 70
    The lyrics are Echoboy's Achilles' heel.
  8. Mojo
    70
    More accessible than of old. [Mar 2003, p.108]
  9. His last two efforts weren’t as focused, but this time he’s got about half an album’s worth of quality work.
  10. Q Magazine
    60
    His diluted indie-whine does become obnoxious over the long haul. [Mar 2003, p.104]
  11. Warren too often undercuts his successes by trying to impress us with his strangeness.
  12. Greater accessibility does not necessarily mean higher quality.
  13. Though Giraffe is definitely Echoboy's most immediate and cohesive work, it's not perfect: the album takes a misguided turn toward the dark and overwrought on songs like "Lately Lonely" and "Wasted Spaces," both of which recall the harsher moments of Primal Scream's Evil Heat.
  14. Hiding below layers of dated synth noise, dinky drum machines and expensive effects is, surprise surprise, a solo bedroom recording. 50 minutes of structured wankery, as performed by a lone Brit with the questionable talent to put a chorus to a verse, employing a thin, laddish vocal and rudimentary guitar skills.
  15. The new album gets off to a spectacular start, but nearly 20 minutes later, for some unfathomable reason, the entire album goes all to hell, and while you really want to pull for Echoboy, you can't get the feeling of disappointment and wasted potential out of your head.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. MannequinSkywalker
    Mar 7, 2003
    9
    Don't be so cynical. Get out your arse @ see the light.