Live Music - The Strange Boys
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    The Strange Boys have added some muscle to the general mix. [Dec 2011, p.83]
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    80
    So far, so chin-strokingly barroom--but then things take a turn for the interesting and Live Music becomes a more-frills-than-you-might-imagine, no filler delight.
  3. 80
    If The Strange Boys were Brits, you get the impression they'd officially be a big deal by now.
  4. Oct 28, 2011
    80
    Essentially, if you like the sound of men that sound like they drink a lot and make a lot of bad decisions in life, have people die around them and then like to sing about it, set to a raucous soundtrack of guitars, drums and piano... then Strange Boys are pretty adept at all of those things.
  5. Oct 28, 2011
    80
    While Live Music sometimes feels a little too rambling for its own good, the growth the band shows is even more impressive because it seems so effortless.
  6. Nov 14, 2011
    70
    The album is not a total departure from previous work, and their admirers will be elated at this crackerjack effort and the opportunity to live music the Strange Boys way once again.
  7. Dec 9, 2011
    62
    The album is restrained, surprisingly low-key, and-- at its lowest points-- polite.
  8. Dec 9, 2011
    62
    As Sambol unravels that theme across these 14 songs, the album grows more endearing, if never quite exciting.
  9. Nov 3, 2011
    62
    Live Music regresses into stylistic confusion, but the gems are worth the wait.
  10. Jan 19, 2012
    60
    A warm twangy sound, evocative of Southern, sun-paralysed afternoons. [Dec 2011, p. 100]
  11. Dec 15, 2011
    60
    A collection of loose - in fact, very loose - rock-n-roll with at least one foot in the '60s. [Dec. 2011 p. 136]
  12. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    As it is, it feels like there's a couple too many tracks.
  13. Oct 28, 2011
    50
    The absence of sonic violence and impenetrable murk has made the Strange Boys sound unexpectedly emaciated and bloodless.
  14. Oct 28, 2011
    50
    Live Music opens with the roguish piano line of "Me and You" that simultaneously pops like a spark and settles lazily into Ryan Sambol's moaning vocals, setting up the freewheeling aura that permeates the A-side.

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