Machineries of Joy - British Sea Power
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    Machineries Of Joy proves that BSP are still in bloom.
  2. May 8, 2013
    60
    Though there are certainly more misses than hits on Machineries of Joy, its not for lack of trying, and those hits soar.
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    70
    It sees the Cumbrian exiles embracing their maturity and demonstrating restraint, without scrimping on the songs.
  4. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    It's one of their finest. [May 2013, p.98]
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    One of their most consistently impressive releases. [May 2013, p.90]
  6. Apr 5, 2013
    50
    Unfocused and uninspired, Machineries lacks the sprawling majesty and well-forged hooks of earlier efforts.
  7. Apr 3, 2013
    58
    Machineries of Joy lacks the kind of crucial equalizers that appeal to all levels of education--big hooks, convincing physicality, legible emotions.
  8. This is BSP in fine, if not exactly boundary-shoving, form.
  9. 60
    Between Abi Fry’s lilting viola and Wilkinson’s cogent, sentimentalist vocals, BSP sails through Machineries of Joy without any fatal blunders.
  10. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    It's an environment that rewards more often than it disappoints.
  11. It's almost boring: yet another excellent British Sea Power album.
  12. 80
    Their fifth album finds them playing it relatively straight, and it's no bad thing.
  13. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    Machineries Of Joy isn’t [the truly vital album], but what it is is a touching, ambitious and inventive album, and one which stands head and shoulders above most
  14. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    While British Sea Power do occasionally revert back to the anthemic formula that worked so well on previous albums, on the whole, Machineries Of Joy is a more considered and composed effort.
  15. Mar 29, 2013
    70
    Despite a tendency to drift slightly, BSP remain a reliably warm-hearted antidote to the bustle of modern life. [May 2013, p.68]
  16. Mar 29, 2013
    70
    If Machineries Of Joy doesn't win global adoration, there are songs here very likely to at least make someone's day, which is possibly an even more admirable goal. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.91]
  17. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    A mature record, in the best possible sense, Machineries of Joy reins in the whimsicality and tendency towards wackiness, while still retaining a smart sense of humour alongside the philosophical pondering and strident rock shapes.
  18. 80
    Learning the lessons of its predecessor, then, album number 5 is an intelligent distillation of everything that people cherish about British Sea Power and what makes them a truly Great British rock band.
  19. Mar 29, 2013
    60
    Machineries of Joy is an improvement on its predecessor but far from a dramatic leap forward.
  20. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    For all its shifts and quirks, it's a more cohesive album than its predecessor, 2011's Valhalla Dancehall, thanks mostly to the keening viola of Abi Fry.
  21. 60
    Valhalla Dancehall found British Sea Power somewhat becalmed, but Machineries Of Joy gets them moving again, albeit in a variety of directions.

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