Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. The lyrics are as trite and cheesy as ever, but age and playing house with No Doubt's Gwen Stefani have mellowed model-esque frontman Rossdale.
  2. Golden State is, inevitably, rather good.
  3. 'Golden State' is easily the band's most accomplished record and should stand as one of the best British rock albums of 2001.
  4. Another sturdy set of radio-ready rock. [26 Oct 2001, p.124]
  5. 70
    Whatever its negligible shortcomings, Golden State at least serves to inject a depth of vision to what formerly was a rather one-dimensional musical entity.
  6. The album may not break much new ground, but the band's performance is more dynamic than on previous releases.
  7. There is little on Golden State to differentiate it from its predecessors. [Dec 2001, p.76]
  8. This is a return to the sound of Sixteen Stone, complete with big, grandiose production propelled by ballsy grunge riffs and real hooks in the guitars and vocals.
  9. 60
    Golden State merely sounds like Bush--not as buffed as 1999's The Science of Things, but slicker than 1996's Razorblade Suitcase. [Dec 2001, p.152]
  10. Gavin Rossdale's delicious rasp is still unequivocally sexy, but his melodies are rote versions of the same old song.
  11. Sadly, nothing about the unspectacular Golden State will save them from the Where Are They Now? file.

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