Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 10, 2012
    [An] engrossing paean to wrestling's heyday.[Dec. 2011, p.93]
  2. 80
    Its low-budget weirdness will have you laughing into the new year.
  3. Nov 28, 2011
    Some spoken-word sections aside, the music on Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and Early 80s doesn't shift too far from the kind of vaguely diseased-sounding ballad Haines mastered long ago with the Auteurs, but there's a definite shift in emotional temperature.
  4. 80
    It's all as ludicrous, graceless and unlovely as the "sport" it hymns, yet there's an anachronistic boot-boy charm to Haines's depiction of the milieu that's genuinely affecting, as well as amusing.
  5. Nov 18, 2011
    Instead of jumping on board the reformation circuit like many of his Nineties contemporaries, Haines has released a concept album about British wrestling. Haines is not mad. He is an artist in the truest sense, and for that he is to be applauded.
  6. Nov 18, 2011
    This is a perfect, 30-minute, 10-song album that demands to be treated as one long symphonic pop masterpiece.
  7. Nov 18, 2011
    One of Haines' best efforts, Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970s And Early 80s is an album that does much to encourage the here and now as it does to paint an impression of a time long gone.
  8. Nov 18, 2011
    While not the first place to begin en route to a life as a Haines convert, Nine and a Half … assures us long-time fans that he is as masterful a subverter as ever.
  9. It's half George Harrison, half Keith West.
  10. Nov 22, 2011
    9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and Early '80s is, other than a long title, a quintessentially Luke Haines record, it's just not one of his best
  11. Nov 23, 2011
    While his lyrics crackle, the music seems like an afterthought. [Dec 2011, p.84]
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  1. Jan 16, 2012
    Fantastic album - the music stylistically is similar to that of his previous album, the tunes are catchy the lyrics are standard luke haines (which is a good thing). I highly recommend this album. Full Review »