Give Blood

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Some observers classify these ditties "country-punk," while other crankily insist they're "anti-folk," proving mainly that nobody knows what to make of simple little guitar-band songs on a scene where everyone's busy refining his or her artistic vision.
  2. Spin
    83
    They blaze with scene-satiric brilliance. [Sep 2005, p.109]
  3. Blender
    80
    Stupid-brilliant punk rock. [Dec 2005, p.147]
  4. Alternative Press
    80
    Thankfully, the electro-bleeped post-punk "All Night Disco Party" and buzz-band piss-take "Heard About Your Band" aren't just dead-on scenester satire; they're damned entertaining too. [Jan 2006, p.142]
  5. You can't help feeling that, with a little less self-indulgence and a bit more camp brilliance, Brakes could be the side project that turned into something special.
  6. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    Full of fraught, frivolous fun. [11 Jun 2005, p.67]
  7. One of the most witty, ambitious and intelligent British guitar albums thus far in 2005.
  8. Uncut
    80
    Brakes sound like The Jesus & Mary Chain with Tourette's. [Aug 2005, p.102]
  9. An über-catchy collection of short, diverse songs laden with a playfully channeled anger and wit that are hard to forget.
  10. Give Blood falls squarely in the "pleasant surprise" camp; a gift to short attention spans everywhere.
  11. It’s hard to tell if this disc will have much in the way of staying power... but it’s a hell of a fun listen.
  12. Mojo
    70
    Brakes give the likeable impression of being a jokey jamming session at a party that got out of hand. [Aug 2005, p.98]
  13. Weird and wonderful in roughly equal measure.
  14. When they play, they sound confident and sloppy. When they sing, they sound sincere and sarcastic. They crunch and slash like early punk, toy with country like The Mekons, and use chiming melodies like indie rock. And all fastened together by a combination of mockery and carelessness, they come out with something that could easily stand up against any of the favorite rock 'n' roll records you turn to for a good time.
  15. Q Magazine
    70
    Lunacy has seldom sounded more exhilarating. [Aug 2005, p.126]
  16. The music is comfortable, lacking the self-conscious over-rehearsed feeling of other new bands.
  17. Humorous without being ridiculous, fun without being jubilant; Give Blood is a fundamental fluke of focus and wisdom.
  18. Under The Radar
    70
    Genuinely funny. [#11, p.114]
  19. This is indie in the most traditional sense.
  20. This style of mock-rock doesn’t have a long shelf life, as the songs cease to be funny and hipsters will inevitably find a new way to offhandedly make fun of/glorify themselves.
  21. Much of the record lands solidly in novelty territory.
  22. The lack of musical coherence here is jarring and irritating.
  23. If you took away the melodica, the masks and the mystery of a band like Clinic, you’d be left with a Brakes; competent, middle-of-the-road, going nowhere fast.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. MaxJ
    Jan 28, 2006
    10
    Outstanding
  2. JC
    Oct 27, 2005
    4
    I saw the Brakes live at Mean Fiddler the other night and to be honest I found it quite bad. As far as melodies go, it's not mediocre, I saw the Brakes live at Mean Fiddler the other night and to be honest I found it quite bad. As far as melodies go, it's not mediocre, but there's really nothing exciting about it. However, the lead singer should really take up singing lessons, and I'm not even sure that would be enough to overcome his appalling singing capabilities. It's like hearing Arcade Fire gone horribly wrong. Definitely hear it before you decide to buy it! Full Review »
  3. RobbinL
    Oct 14, 2005
    7
    Primarily rewarding, if not silly. The catchiness is undeniable on some, and some seem just plain amateur. The nod to the JAMC is a pleasant Primarily rewarding, if not silly. The catchiness is undeniable on some, and some seem just plain amateur. The nod to the JAMC is a pleasant gesture, but Ms. Sandoval has got nothing to fear. Overall, I would compare it to an average episode of Night Court. A decent portion of Dan and Harry with just a little Bull. Full Review »