Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. It's tightly focused, beautifully written, and totally without filler.
  2. Beirut’s brilliant debut album is full of grandeur and intimacy, with accordions, ukuleles and brass instruments complementing contemporary notions like drum machines and digestible song structures while simultaneously channeling the ancient appeal of Balkan folk music.
  3. Though he may not have the experience in years, he more than makes up for it in the way he crafts his songs.
  4. Precocious, other-worldly and vividly ambitious.
  5. An outstanding debut album, and easily one of my favorite releases of the year so far.
  6. Far more redolent of 1920s Bucharest than modern-day Albuquerque. [2 Jun 2006, p.84]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Aug 2, 2014
    10
    Uplifting most of the time, with a pinch of depression, nostalgia and rejoice. With clear, pure, sensitive and deep instruments and Zach'sUplifting most of the time, with a pinch of depression, nostalgia and rejoice. With clear, pure, sensitive and deep instruments and Zach's exhilarating and emotional voice. Much more than 11 tracks: almost 40 minutes of an exquisite feeling... travelling back to a traditional Balkan party where everything feels, breathes hope and celebration. To describe it in a word, this album is sublime. Full Review »
  2. Nov 1, 2011
    7
    It's hard not to appreciate this album. Although I do think it is overrated - it's not the type of album that I could ever call a classic andIt's hard not to appreciate this album. Although I do think it is overrated - it's not the type of album that I could ever call a classic and the style of it wouldn't be everyones cup of tea, but it is one of the more original albums I've heard over the last few years. I'd nearly guarantee that it's very different to most of the rest of your record collection and it does try some brave ideas on it, however not all of them are brilliant. Full Review »
  3. BurlescoP.
    Jul 14, 2007
    10
    Travelling to another world.