Night On My Side

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. There's an innocence that's like slow dancing at twilight that sets Night On My Side apart from all the rest.
  2. Hayes gives us six really good songs and six ordinary ones, but the better songs are good enough to make this album a very worthwhile listen.
  3. Uncut
    80
    It's almost disturbingly accomplished. [Jul 2002, p.103]
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    Night On My Side is undeniably flawed... but there's enough here to suggest a future that's far from bedroom-bound. [June 2002, p.116]
  5. Somewhere, though, this Irish girl's crisp pop debut went awry.
  6. This clash of sweetness and discordance can be irritating.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    The sweetly pained vocals sound darn similar to Beth Orton's. [25 Apr 2003, p.151]
  8. Alternative Press
    80
    While her songwriting is strong enough, it's Hayes' love of smeared guitar noise and other wordless joys of progressive production that are really on her side for this album. [June 2003, p.96]
  9. Blender
    80
    Offers a twisted melancholy David Lynch would applaud. [May 2003, p.120]
  10. Filter
    76
    The split personality of [Night on My Side] begs the question: which is the real Gemma Hayes? [#5, p.91]
  11. She doesn’t attempt to emulate the pedantic attention to detail of Kevin Shields, largely avoiding the dreamlike wooziness of Loveless, but rather builds on the cathartic emotional impact that feedback and noise can lend to melancholic melodies.
  12. If Hayes had let her disparate styles duke it out a little more, some of the material that tends to run together might have been thrown into sharper relief and become more memorable for it.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 11, 2012
    8
    Excellent debut record from Irish songstress. A mix of pop, rock and folk at times reminding me of Beth Orton or a sunnier PJ Harvey. OfExcellent debut record from Irish songstress. A mix of pop, rock and folk at times reminding me of Beth Orton or a sunnier PJ Harvey. Of course she has her own take on things as well. She hasn't quite been able to follow this up but this is well worth a listen. A great live act as well. Full Review »