Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Like Timbaland and the Neptunes before him, though, Rudolf's behind-the-scenes work only whetted his limelight appetite, so here he steps out with a weirdly infectious debut that mixes his rap-track know-how with his love of guitar-god theatrics.
  2. In the City gets by on hooks and hugeness, like an irony-free Andrew W.K., Timbaland working with Aerosmith, or a jaded version of the Jonas Brothers now willing to drop the F-bomb.
  3. In the City offers good production, excellent melodies, and - of course - the same song, idea(s), and kinds of guest appearances many times over.
  4. Though Rudolf sandwiches together rock, R&B and hip-hop like an up-to-the-minute genre-bender, at heart he loves his guitar and the soft-rock noises it makes. He's at his most natural on the winsome I Song and Scarred.
  5. Rudolf's sound is his own on an album full of scarf-waving choruses, insistent hooks and surprisingly reflective lyrics. [Mar 2009, p.104]
  6. The rest of Rudolf's self-produced debut is a middling rock record dressed up in sleek digital clothes.
  7. Pop and R&B backroom boy steps into the spotlight.
  8. He has some solid ideas and keen sense of production; the problem is that his solo songs, by and large, suffer from a frightening lack of creativity and a remarkably shallow lyrical outlook.
  9. In the City is proof that you can co-opt the most retarded aspects of 80s corporate rock and still not be any fun.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. EdijsG.
    Feb 8, 2009
    7
    The album is quite uniform, all the song sound pretty similar, I admire song let it rock, its a good song and ''Welcome to the The album is quite uniform, all the song sound pretty similar, I admire song let it rock, its a good song and ''Welcome to the world'' and ''Great escape'' are pretty good songs also, ''In the city'' song is ok, but all the rest of the album is medicore. Full Review »