• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2003
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Q Magazine
    60
    The overall effect is a little wayward at times, strangely touching at others, and nutso throughout. [May 2004, p.104]
  2. Mojo
    60
    [A] perplexing, 'is it irritating or is it glorious?' album that meshes the oddball with the serious in a quirky, plastic-punk manner not entirely unlike that of The B-52's and Devo. [Mar 2004, p.108]
  3. The end product is an enjoyable, though not enduring, debut offering.
  4. Ultimately too derivative to fully enjoy.
  5. Rolling Stone
    40
    [Alex] Ebert's voice is the most polarizing set of pipes this side of the Darkness' Justin Hawkins, and most listeners won't be able to get past it.
  6. Blender
    40
    An energetic, derivative genre exercise. [Oct 2003, p.118]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. JesseG
    Nov 12, 2006
    10
    my absolute favorite band on the planet, and this is a must buy!
  2. RyanA
    Sep 20, 2004
    10
    i don't know what the critics listened too, this album is great and i don't think it seems disposable at all. i just got turned on i don't know what the critics listened too, this album is great and i don't think it seems disposable at all. i just got turned on to them this weekend and so far i am lovin it. Full Review »
  3. Stella
    Jun 30, 2004
    10
    Best cd on earth.