Life...The Best Game In Town

Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Life… isn't easy listening (the anvil-heavy ballad 'Roses' alone could drive the clinically depressed to suicide), but the improved contrast between upbeat and harrowing makes Harvey Milk's extremes that much easier to appreciate.
  2. There’s not much else to say that you shouldn’t already know: thick, melodic and endearing, Life...The Best Game in Town is essential listening.
  3. It’s a grim journey, and often creepy as hell, but it’s by no means depressing. Mediocre music is depressing. This stuff is exhilarating.
  4. The best executed Harvey Milk album to date, and one of the most accomplished metal records you'll hear this year.
  5. Life... showcases a band that has carefully refined its sound, creating an album that is daring and experimental enough for longtime fans, but accessible enough for anyone looking to discover one of Athen's heaviest bands.
  6. Here, all percussion devastates; it pounds away at the insides of Life… The Best Game In Town like a beast caged, packed ready for shipping. Let it loose and all hell’s coming your way.
  7. Mojo
    80
    The 10 songs here complements mainman Creston Spiers' whisper-to-howl vocals with startling dynamic shifts. [Sep 2008, p.106]
  8. Life has a wholly predictable uniqueness.
  9. All jokings aside, this record is downright GNARLY despite its hang-ups, impossible to wash from the soul and probably the thickest, grittiest substance you ever did see.
  10. Uncut
    60
    While they are at their most comfortable when laying down the ZZ Top meets Black Flag hardcore boogie of 'Skull Socks and Rope Shoes,' it's difficult not to be charmed by their wit, style and salute to Southern rock. [Sep 2008, p.89]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. EricL
    Jul 9, 2009
    8
    I can understand how some listeners missed it, because it does require patience, but this is definitely a keeper. To call this a hipster-cred I can understand how some listeners missed it, because it does require patience, but this is definitely a keeper. To call this a hipster-cred album (as some of these user-reviewers implied) makes absolutely no sense, because this is pretty unhip. It's 70's southern rock with a major Melvins sludge kick. Plus, I think some of the reason I particularly dig this CD is because some of Harvey Milk's older material is unlistenably boring, and Life has got a big splash of melody where there didn't used to be any. Full Review »
  2. JasonM
    Apr 14, 2009
    10
    This album from beginning to end, is a masterpiece. I have been a long time Harvey Milk fan, and this album truly justifies why. Sheer This album from beginning to end, is a masterpiece. I have been a long time Harvey Milk fan, and this album truly justifies why. Sheer brilliance through and through. Full Review »
  3. MarliseG
    Mar 19, 2009
    8
    Good album, really good.