Hey Venus!

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 60
    Hey Venus! is an attractive album with a broad appeal – Rough Trade wanted a pop record and got one--but it also feels like a missed opportunity, a consolidation of affairs rather than a step forward.
  2. No doubt fans’ll love it, but virgins shouldn’t expect to swoon at this end-of-the-pier jamming.
  3. Q Magazine
    60
    Hey Venus! feels like a missed opportunity. [Sep 2007, p.94]
  4. Mojo
    60
    The gleeful exuberance of Hey Venus! finds the band refreshed.... If Hey Venus! lacks anything, it's the thumping-heart centerpiece that made SFA's early records so special. [Sep 2007, p.108]
  5. They fail to develop their retro psychedelia influences, and use fairground organs and cutesy strings as lazy shorthand for dreamy nostalgia. The result is a pleasant record that's lacking in personality.
  6. The album's psychedelic pop runs out of gas near the end in cringe-worthy Battersea Odyssey and Let The Wolves Howl At The Moon, but by then you're won over and wondering how you slept on this band for the past nine years.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. LiamR
    Feb 24, 2008
    10
    I was ready to give this album a 9, and pretty much say how it was a slight disappointment but never the less one of SFA's greatest I was ready to give this album a 9, and pretty much say how it was a slight disappointment but never the less one of SFA's greatest albums. But then "Baby Ate My Eightball" came on, and I realized that this is once again, a triumph. Full Review »
  2. EmilyW.
    Feb 12, 2008
    9
    Iban L., the fact that you say Ween's album was a disappointment, like that was actually a surprise, makes your 3 rating completely Iban L., the fact that you say Ween's album was a disappointment, like that was actually a surprise, makes your 3 rating completely irrelevant. Glad to see this album getting more love from the critics after the new release. Definitely not a letdown after Love Kraft (in fact, much better) and one of the 20 best album of 2007. Full Review »
  3. Liz
    Jan 22, 2008
    9
    Pure pop joy. It would get a 10 if it wasn't so short.