Monkeytown

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    It's the slo-electro instrumental Grillwalker that steals the day. [Nov 2011, p.103]
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    Monkeytown presents mutated dance music, ranging from satirical mutoid rap, warehouse ragga and even jump-up ambient. [Nov. 2011, p. 136]
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    60
    Keeping grooves minimal but sonic detailing maximal, Modeselektor smear snarky flows by avant-rapper Busdriver and, on two tracks, colorize fragments of fan Thom Yorke's voice, whose falsetto conjures Billie Holiday as a disco diva on "Shipwreck."
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    Yorke aside, the attractions are few in Monkeytown. [Nov 2011, p.93]
  5. Oct 11, 2011
    60
    When the band sticks to this wheelhouse, they're as successful as they've ever been. When they divert from it, the results are wishy-washy.
  6. 60
    This duo's assured, accessible third album builds upon their reputation as omnivorous digital stylists
  7. Sep 30, 2011
    40
    Of the variable decisions on Monkeytown, though, the worst is the employment of Radiohead's Thom Yorke on two tracks--something of a recent trend in dance music--his voice serving as the ultimate buzzkill to deaden any enjoyment of the party.

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