Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. The New Pornographers have made such a great album, tuneful, overdosed with hooks, that all the past sins of our Northern neighbors are forgiven. Well, maybe not Rush, but close.
  2. More than the sum of its influences--even if it occasionally feels like a stack of Cars, Cheap Trick, and early XTC albums melted together--Mass Romantic throttles from strength to strength.
  3. Mass Romantic more than repays any musical debt owed by the good people of Canada. In fact, it’s going to take some pretty strong efforts by America's best and brightest to match The New Pornographers' achievements here.
  4. It's an album that reveals its charms through repeat listens, and makes a listener wonder how the band can master so many different musical styles via so many vocalists while still maintaining a fiercely cohesive sound.
  5. Their peppy, gleeful, headstrong guitar pop sounds a hell of a lot like yesteryear's Britpop.
  6. 80
    A record that's certain to be name-checked by pop savants 20 years from now.
  7. They borrow from Cheap Trick, the Beach Boys, Big Star, Roxy Music, Buzzcocks, and Robyn Hitchcock, and concoct a dizzying potion that sounds remarkably fresh and unlike anything that's come before it.
  8. Q Magazine
    60
    A rather erratic affair. [Apr 2002, p.119]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. May 31, 2011
    9
    i loved it. i give it 9 out of 10. i loved the song the body says no. and execution day. as well as mystery hours and to wild homes.i loved it. i give it 9 out of 10. i loved the song the body says no. and execution day. as well as mystery hours and to wild homes. it was a near perfect album. great record. catchy ass songs Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2010
    10
    Strap in, put on some quality headphones, and hold on. Its a euphoric suffocation of the senses with brilliant, diverse, amazing songsStrap in, put on some quality headphones, and hold on. Its a euphoric suffocation of the senses with brilliant, diverse, amazing songs ambitiously constructed that creates a magical sound rarely heard. The multi-textured songs with layers upon layers of vocals, rhythm, and melody playing hopscotch with each other, dazzles the mind at breakneck speed. A fascinating ride with brilliance. A must for any record collection that's worth a damn. Full Review »
  3. JustinB.
    Sep 25, 2007
    10
    I see this album has only 8 critic reviews and it's an 87 which looks rather good until i look at the scores. No 100s! a 60!!!!?what the I see this album has only 8 critic reviews and it's an 87 which looks rather good until i look at the scores. No 100s! a 60!!!!?what the fuck? this is one of the best pop albums you will ever hear. Full Review »