Help Wanted Nights

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 76
    It’s Kasher’s knack for minimalism that moves Help Wanted Nights as it flows in and out, building and falling with intensity.
  2. 70
    Almost every one of these twangy, homespun gems finds him in the heat of romantic battle--taunting, eviscerating or pleading with a lover or an ex.
  3. Help Wanted Nights finally finds Kasher challenging himself again, imposing constraints and seeing how well he can work within them.
  4. So, far from rehashing in a genre where that danger is always lurking, The Good Life remain reasonably fresh. A few more steps towards something else might be welcome, but for now their poise and position is utterly lovable.
  5. Help Wanted Nights lacks the cohesion of "Blackout" or "Album of the Year," but it seems excusable to have a loose collection of songs--good songs, at least--that accompanies an as-yet-unseen movie or play, especially in the wake of the super-cohesive "Happy Hollow."
  6. Help Wanted Nights may leave longtime fans of Kasher's tension-and-release cold at first, but after repeated listens it probably hangs together better than any other Good Life release.
  7. The songs on Help Wanted Nights are all solid, simple, yet melodic, about running away from home and trying to find home and breaking up, but nothing really stands out.
  8. Under The Radar
    60
    Musically, this is the most ambitious album they have undertaken, and they preform admiraby on songs like 'Share of Men.' [Summer 2007, p.73]
  9. Mojo
    60
    There's the unmistakable whiff of eternal under-achievement that pervades cute but forgettable ditties like 'Share Of Men' and 'Heartbroke.' [Oct 2007, p.98]
  10. Alternative Press
    50
    While the album has occasional moments of brillance, most of these songs sound like underwhelming sketches instead of finished products. [Oct 2007, p.160]
  11. There's not a single stand out track, good or bad; and the likes of this album have been released, oh, a million times over, in the past 8 years--it’s not bad, not good, just a drop in a calm, tepid, flat ocean.
  12. Spin
    40
    His lonesome drawl may sound arresting when it's 3 a.m. and you're stumbling home from the bar, but maudlin tunes like 'You Don't Feel Like Home to Me' and 'Some Tragedy' need more than quietly strummed minor chords to sell their hard-luck laments. [Oct 2007, p.104]
  13. Kasher wrote this as the soundtrack to his screenplay, but on this evidence it could debut on The Hallmark Channel.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. GabeY.
    Apr 6, 2008
    10
    This cd was amazing. The reviewers need to research the band and the genre and take into consideration many more things.
  2. AndrewC.
    Oct 31, 2007
    8
    Tim Kasher is still amazing people. The day he writes a bad album call me up and i will personally reimburse your purchase. It's still Tim Kasher is still amazing people. The day he writes a bad album call me up and i will personally reimburse your purchase. It's still The Good Life but with a different kind of twist I don't know how to describe. If you've only heard Heartbroke, get this album at once - it is nothing like the rest of the record. I really love it. Still can't stop humming Keely Aimee. You Don't Feel Like Home To Me is a perfect example of what this band is capable of and is them at their shimmering best. So Let Go proves Kasher still has the ability to make you weep like he did on Novena On a Nocturn. Pick it up asap! Full Review »