On A Wire

  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: May 14, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    This is the group at their best. [31 May 2002, p.108]
  2. Uncut
    They mix wistful, hook-laden rock songs in the vein of Counting Crows, Five For Fighting, The Gin Blossoms, The Posies and Pete Yorn with the proto-emo sound of Sunny Day Real Estate. [Aug 2002, p.104]
  3. Just below the surface, all the quintessential Get up Kids qualities are there: melody, intelligence, and lyrical sincerity.
  4. Magnet
    A tremendous leap forward. [#55, p.77]
  5. Q Magazine
    It'd be easy to throw the "emo" tag at them, but Matt Pryor's approach has more in common with the disarming honesty of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo than mere whinging. [Nov 2002, p.100]
  6. What the Kids lack in pep this time they make up for with honest, homey performances.
  7. Alternative Press
    Unfortunately, the visceral energy of their early days is lost in their newfound maturity. [Aug 2002, p.71]
  8. On a Wire quivers with the anxieties that must have arisen as the Get Up Kids left behind what originally made them.
  9. Their new pop direction finds them drifting about, directionless as opposed to eclectic.
  10. On a Wire has that glossy veneer that only happens with the help of a good decisive manager, a fast-talking label guy with All The Answers, and that bloodthirsty, all-encompassing desire for yet another Big Tour.
  11. So, yes, these songs have melodies and choruses, but they are so trite and played-out that even the fifteen-year-olds that this is written for will smell something fishy in their neatly packaged emotional escapism.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. daven
    Sep 22, 2006
    Get Up Kids have gone soft on our asses, with mixed results.
  2. Ian
    Apr 16, 2006
    go buy one of their other albums, even their last rocks harder than this.
  3. JonathanH
    Jan 24, 2006
    an amazing album from amazing bands. nothing they've done before or since stands up to this album. great song writing, great an amazing album from amazing bands. nothing they've done before or since stands up to this album. great song writing, great proformance, and great choosing of a producer (scott litt). it sounds new, elcectic, and thoughful while not loosing the whisicle and fun bounciness that the get up kids are known for... now if only the guilt was half this good. darn you bad reviews!!! Full Review »