• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Sep 18, 2007
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36

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  1. ShapingM.
    Sep 20, 2007
    1
    Awful. The 1 point is for the single, which luckily is the first track on the album, so i can listen to it then skip to the next CD.
  2. JoJ
    Sep 24, 2007
    1
    Derivative, uninspired, banal; the weakest facet of this record, though, does not lie in the music, but rather, the lyrics. I think most anybody who listens to this entirely objectively will at first be struck by the lazy, hackneyed, witless, depthless nature of the lyrical content. And none of the tunes are good enough to compensate for that, either. Cover art idea is pretentious as Derivative, uninspired, banal; the weakest facet of this record, though, does not lie in the music, but rather, the lyrics. I think most anybody who listens to this entirely objectively will at first be struck by the lazy, hackneyed, witless, depthless nature of the lyrical content. And none of the tunes are good enough to compensate for that, either. Cover art idea is pretentious as anything I've ever seen. Summary: inferior product. PS band's been major label since first release, so why the "indie" label? Expand
  3. CCTVCCTV
    Sep 19, 2007
    3
    It is a crap record! CCTV was great and "Hard to Beat" is genius....there aren't any moments even close. Save your money or throw it out the window even.
  4. 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 the single says, it's a very suburban album. Maybe 'Once Upon a Time In Suburbia' instead 'in the West'.
  5. mydogputthepooinpoochlemiwinks
    Sep 19, 2007
    2
    dumbed-down robbie williams wannabees, & that's not a particularly good thing. (lead singer's eyebrows over-tweezed between the eyes, above the nose).
  6. Jack
    Sep 19, 2007
    2
    The soundtrack to Once Upon a Time In the West is amazing. This is not it.
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. It might be a little too airbrushed, arch and meticulous for some, but it's brilliant all the same, and, in the tradition of all great second albums, it could prove to be Hard-Fi's defining moment.
  2. 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.
  3. While the songs aren't particularly complex and won't be to the taste of anyone after something challenging, the band impress with how easy they make straightforward songwriting look.