Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. In the Pit of the Stomach is truly a feel-better record--in whatever way that resonates with you.
  2. Oct 4, 2011
    83
    ["Boy In The Backseat" and "Human Error"] plus the resounding "Pear Tree" end the album with impressive bluster, and stirring reminders about the power of the individual: to screw up, to fight on, to howl into the night.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2011
    80
    It's fiercer and denser than their 2009 debut. [Nov 2011, p.107]
  4. Oct 4, 2011
    80
    It sounds so much more raw and harsh, more real and vulnerable.
  5. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    Their darkest and most complex work yet, In the Pit of the Stomach unleashes We Were Promised Jetpacks' full fury with impressive results.
  6. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    It's hard-edged, it's proficient and most certainly smarter than the average band.
  7. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    This is a superb record and WWPJ are one more example of just how spoilt we are by British rock music at the moment.
  8. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    We Were Promised Jetpacks' second album tightens the craggy fuzz of their first, revealing twisty post-punk songs with chewy pop centers.
  9. Oct 12, 2011
    78
    The result is a sophomore effort that deserves to be played loudly--and often.
  10. The be all and end all for In The Pit Of The Stomach is that, despite a few new experiments, it's like all their material: good music that you don't have to think about.
  11. Oct 4, 2011
    71
    We Were Promised Jetpacks may have found their style for now, but this album still hints that nothing's settled yet.
  12. Nov 14, 2011
    70
    For a record that doesn't at all attempt to reinvent the two-guitars-bass-drums toolkit of punk-inflected modern indie rock, it's fundamental whole ends up being greater than its parts.
  13. Magnet
    Nov 11, 2011
    70
    WWPJ returns to the moody and energetic sound of its debut with In The Pit of the Stomache, a 10-song set that bristles with raw post-punk power while pulsing with pop subtlety. [#81, p. 59]
  14. Nov 8, 2011
    70
    Clear, plaintive vocals propelled by ascending-staccato guitars and hellbent dance-worthy rhythms, as if the Texas band Explosions in the Sky had shown up with New Order's singer and backfield.
  15. Under The Radar
    Nov 3, 2011
    70
    [The band embraces] their isolation and neuroses and sublimate them into one hell of a sonic thrill on this fine album. [Oct 2011, p.103]
  16. Alternative Press
    Oct 4, 2011
    70
    In the Pit of the Stomach is a fine achievement, but one that feels counter to the usual trajectory of your average rock group. [Nov 2011, p.98]
  17. Oct 4, 2011
    70
    A step forwards, if not a giant leap.
  18. This time around, however, they've paced themselves and delivered an album packed with punchy, literate guitar music.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 18, 2013
    9
    Very good album. Their sound evokes a weird memory of late Joy Division / early New Order. All the songs are great and I especially likeVery good album. Their sound evokes a weird memory of late Joy Division / early New Order. All the songs are great and I especially like "Picture of Health" and "Sore Thumb". Somewhat similar sound to Editors and Interpol. Full Review »