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Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 16, 2011
    80
    This album has failings and successes; it all adds up to a highly commendable record, there's no doubt in that.
  2. May 4, 2011
    80
    As it stands, they've not only crossed over but given themselves the scope to impress even further in future.
  3. May 4, 2011
    80
    Magnetic Man accomplishes its goal: make pretty for the spotlight.
  4. This a forward-thinking, original British album that has captivated a new generation of music fans, not simply by rehashing the old, but by giving the young something that belongs to them and taunting them to do better.
  5. 80
    While Magnetic Man demonstrates their work candidly, you haven't heard the works of Skream, Benga, or Artwork until you've seen them live.
  6. Tracks such as "Boiling Water" wouldn't sound out of place in a naff holiday resort. There are notable exceptions, though, such as "Fire" feat Ms Dynamite.
  7. May 4, 2011
    70
    As a pop album, there's much to love on Magnetic Man and very little filler present, even if some tracks ("Going Nowhere", "Karma Crazy") strike harder than others ("Perfect Stranger", "Ping Pong").
  8. May 4, 2011
    70
    It's not spectacular but it is a reliable and solid effort. Whether this is a pivotal moment for the genre remains to be seen.
  9. May 4, 2011
    70
    At its best, the album is bracing, capable of winning over the cynics who are not particularly open-minded about crossover dance music.
  10. May 27, 2011
    60
    The album ably disguises and incorporates non-dubstep genres into an unsparing, engaging, and appealing electronic work. [May 2011, p.89]
  11. May 4, 2011
    60
    This is less a statement about where UK dance music is headed than the sound of three men having the time of their lives, with scant regard for genre purists.
  12. May 4, 2011
    60
    This schizophrenic album will frustrate purists and sate pop kids.
  13. May 4, 2011
    60
    This album is a good introductory statement to a new world for the novice, and in that sense it's a solid first step and pretty much a success.
  14. May 4, 2011
    59
    Magnetic Man's arrangements may proudly flaunt dance-pop's most universal qualities, but their efforts remain mere gestures so long as their beats continue to stare so resentfully in the opposite direction.
  15. May 4, 2011
    50
    Much of the rest recalls '90s rave and jungle at its most shamelessly glossy.
  16. May 4, 2011
    50
    Worst of all, it turns out that commercially-minded dubstep is--perhaps inevitably--a much weaker prospect than its club counterpart.
  17. 40
    The first half's vocal tracks woefully resemble standard-issue chart fodder. There's some better instrumental stuff later on, but, overall, it's ordinary.

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