Music's Not for Everyone - Chain and the Gang
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 14, 2011
    70
    Svenonius' cockeyed worldview is much easier to take, and his jokes that much funnier, when he's not lecturing audiences.
  2. 70
    It's meta and enigmatic and inconclusive; it's also very droll.
  3. Mar 3, 2011
    70
    The songs on Music Is Not For Everyone dance the incredibly thin line where they sound completely believable while the sarcasm still leaks through as subtly as a teenager's cologne.
  4. Apr 27, 2011
    66
    Music may lack the crazy ambition of his previous acts or some of the unexpected goofiness of the Gang's debut, but it's still a modest pleasure and a fine addition to Svenonius' catalog.
  5. Mar 3, 2011
    60
    When the band's clattering, it's great fun ("Why Not"), but leave the tongue-in-cheek (or is it?) spoken-word title track at home and release the rock instead.
  6. Mar 3, 2011
    60
    Overall, it's a darker and more uneven album than the debut, but notwithstanding a few oddities (three reprises, and Arrington de Dionyso's Gregorian throat singing, namely), it's a respectable follow-up.
  7. Mar 9, 2011
    50
    Chain & the Gang sounds something like a slightly saner Captain Beefheart, a less arty Bongwater, or a whiter James Brown. [Feb 201, p.73]
  8. Mar 3, 2011
    40
    Relying heavily on posturing and tired song structures, lacking the incisive commentary and pointed humor that it strives for, Music's Not For Everyone is a record that fails on many fronts.

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