• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Sep 24, 2002
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nextdoorland is a more than worthy addition to their catalog, and proves that two decades apart has not diluted their remarkable chemistry.
  2. It's unquestionably one of the best rock albums of 2002.
  3. The disc makes so few concessions to current trends that it sounds like something dug up from a time capsule, in the best sense.
  4. For the people who love this band, their sound, and Hitchcock's songwriting, this album will definitely not disappoint.
  5. Q Magazine
    80
    This is witty English guitar rock of the highest calibre. [Nov 2002, p.114]
  6. Blender
    80
    Sounds like the work of musicians who've spent just half an hour apart, not 20-odd years. [#11, p.143]
  7. Uncut
    80
    Definitely a return to psyche splendour. [Oct 2002, p.122]
  8. Nextdoorland is one of the rarest of things: a reunion album that captures the spirit of what made the band special in the first place.
  9. 80
    Hitchock's hand is fairly evident on here, and it generally sounds a bit more early-Hitchcock than it does late-Soft Boys.
  10. Nextdoorland finds the band's old chemistry in full effect, and Hitchcock's songwriting seems re-energized by the presence of his old mates.
  11. It wouldn't be difficult to pass off as a mildly disappointing unreleased Soft Boys album from 1981.
  12. The Wire
    70
    The somewhat dated style and sound of Nextdoorland gives it a charm wholly unaffiliated with any current scene or trend. [#225, p.77]
  13. The psychedelic underpinnings of old are cleaned up a bit and the anger and bile that lay beneath the surface of the earlier material has been calmed, but there is still much to be enjoyed.
  14. Alternative Press
    70
    Oddly, they sound more now in 2002 than they ever have. [Dec 2002, p.96]
  15. Mojo
    70
    A worthy addition to the small Boys catalogue. [Dec 2002, p.122]
  16. It definitely doesn't disgrace the Boys' past, but that might be because Hitchcock's wise enough not to try to upend his classic material.
  17. While the band revisits and expands upon musical ideas from its past, Nextdoorland never seems like warmed-over Soft Boys history; the arrangements are exponentially deeper, the playing is energetic and economical, and the songwriting has clearly benefited from Robyn Hitchcock's twenty-year career.
  18. Even without a surplus of terrific songs to launch the affair into orbit, the band still knows perfectly well how to lock into each other and stay that way.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. HJS
    Sep 1, 2005
    9
    Finally something special. Too many mainstream groups in the market. This one sounds fresh.
  2. Jason
    Nov 6, 2002
    10
    Glorious. Because it is in such stark contrast to what is currently being released and I dare not take it from my CD player, it gets a 10. By Glorious. Because it is in such stark contrast to what is currently being released and I dare not take it from my CD player, it gets a 10. By the way, the companion disc "Side Three" is also tremendous and they give a PHENOMENAL live show. Full Review »
  3. BretB.
    Oct 25, 2002
    8
    brilliant.