Hal

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. You'll either find it cloying and saccharine or heartfelt and precise, or maybe a little bit of both.
  2. Naïve, twee, lacking imagination and pointlessly derivative on one hand but - with summer on the horizon and given a forgiving mood – this is also sunny, carefree and great background music to waft over your BBQ.
  3. Under The Radar
    50
    Lushly produced bubblegum made less palatable by elementary lyrics. [#10, p.111]
  4. Blender
    40
    Instead of sunshine-pop sugar, there's the cloying tang of saccharine. [Jun 2005, p.109]
  5. Alternative Press
    40
    Doesn't make many lasting impressions. [Jul 2005, p.182]
  6. The record's glossy sheen and sharp nostalgia give it a calculated, lab-constructed feel.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. mrsoul
    Aug 8, 2005
    10
    a masterpiece! grows on you like a peachy smelling plant. like all great music, makes you love. the harmonies, like all good ones, possess a a masterpiece! grows on you like a peachy smelling plant. like all great music, makes you love. the harmonies, like all good ones, possess a sense community, hence the love. really divine and humane. Full Review »
  2. PhilM
    May 24, 2005
    9
    A gem of an album that reveals more hidden depth with each listen
  3. Allistair
    May 11, 2005
    9
    The feel good album of the year. HAL is probably the only band that replicates the sounds of 60s pop classics to make a masterpiece of their The feel good album of the year. HAL is probably the only band that replicates the sounds of 60s pop classics to make a masterpiece of their own. A must have of 05. Full Review »