Hopes And Fears

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Basically, this is a fantastic band releasing twelve brilliant songs, and it's not only the best guitar album you'll ever hear with no guitars on it, it's one of the best this year generally.
  2. Confidence bursts throughout, and for a band that has been around seven years and has never released a studio full-length album until now, achieving nearly epic-like status is quite impressive.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    As a collection of songs, this is hugely impressive. As a debut album, its confidence is right up there with Definitely Maybe. [May 2004, p.96]
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Music to while away the time before the next Coldplay--or Travis, or Starsailor, or Muse--album arrives. [11 Jun 2004, p.125]
  5. There isn't much variety on the disc, which many will find a bit thin after repeated spins, but there's no doubting the band's clean, confident sound.
  6. Mojo
    70
    Somewhere Only We Know is one of 2004's loveliest tunes, and while nothing else on their debut album quite matches this apogee of woebegone non-energy, there's plenty to keep the eyes welling up. [Jun 2004, p.116]
  7. Hopes and Fears contains more hooks than most pop groups manage in their careers.
  8. A pretty and meticulously-crafted collection of songs.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 80
  2. Negative: 8 out of 80
  1. KillianD
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    10/10 This album is a spectacular album. Full Stop.
  2. ChuckS
    Feb 9, 2005
    10
    This is the best album this year by far
  3. marianl
    Jan 8, 2005
    10
    i really love this band and their music. it's about time to have a new refreshing sound in music. everything else was sounding the same. i really love this band and their music. it's about time to have a new refreshing sound in music. everything else was sounding the same. i wish this band everlasting success. bravo!! Full Review »