Once Upon A Time In The West

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Sep 18, 2007
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. What it is overall, however, is a disappointment. A few sparkling moments of invention aside, much of this album is comfortably interchangeable with "Stars Of CCTV's" less inspired tracks.
  2. Although it's a little inferior to Stars of CCTV, Once Upon A Time In The West is a good album, make no mistake about that.
  3. Once Upon a Time in the West is not a bad album, just disappointing--the sound of a band refusing to play to their strengths.
  4. Under The Radar
    60
    The Brithish band takes its attention away from the variety and finds a moderate middle ground. This makes The West slightly generic and much more acceptable at the same time. [Fall 2007, p.79]
  5. Some of the tracks here are excellent and match the group’s earlier efforts, but a fair-sized chunk of the songs aren’t quite as good as what their debut offered, and these tracks certainly aren’t bolstered by the heavy arrangements and slick production given to them.
  6. Once Upon A Time is simply derivative, a rehash of the band itself.
  7. The aforementioned 'The King' is a string-laden lament on changing times and love in their small pocket of the world, and it's better than most of the songs that precede it. But it’s not enough to pull Once Upon A Time In The West out of it’s own lumpen mediocrity.
  8. Once Upon a Time in the West is pretty dull itself.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Mar 8, 2013
    7
    A reasonably solid, very polished Indie rock album. For the most part the song writing is very fluid and most of the songs are built aroundA reasonably solid, very polished Indie rock album. For the most part the song writing is very fluid and most of the songs are built around strong tunes and big choruses. Lyrically, it's only so so for me and there a couple of songs that let the rest of the record down. It's a decent record without being one that you'll come back to repeatedly. Full Review »
  2. TheSmokingCupcake
    Oct 19, 2007
    8
    Not quite up to Stars of CCTV, but a helluva lot better than we deserved. Why more people don't compare Hard-Fi's vibe to early Not quite up to Stars of CCTV, but a helluva lot better than we deserved. Why more people don't compare Hard-Fi's vibe to early Oasis is a mystery to me, but these boys wear their blue collars proudly. This is working man's pop music, despite is glossy sheen. Seriously, to all the haters out there, What's the Story?, proceeded by the Whatever single, sounded just as glossy and, if memory serves correct, got panned. In an era of New Order wannabes and (c)rap, a band with balls like Hard-Fi should be universally welcomed. Full Review »
  3. Megakraak
    Sep 28, 2007
    0
    Worst than the new Editors' album and the cover art is terrible. Hard-Fi need to work very hard to improve their knowledge in music. As Worst than the new Editors' album and the cover art is terrible. Hard-Fi need to work very hard to improve their knowledge in music. As the single says, it's a very suburban album. Maybe 'Once Upon a Time In Suburbia' instead 'in the West'. Full Review »