(One) - The Panic Channel
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. (One) is a good rock album that likely could have been great if not for lack of a solid lead single and anything resembling overall coherence in its thematic overtones.
  2. Surprisingly pedestrian. [18 Aug 2006, p.138]
  3. What this channel lacks is true feeling and originality.
  4. (ONe) isn’t the lightning we’ve been waiting for. Still, it may well be enough to convince us to keep watching.
  5. It's hard to believe these men were once innovators.
  6. For those listeners who pine for a world when Seven Mary Three received heavy rotation, this will satisfy, but anybody expecting the spark of Jane's Addiction or even a dose of Navarro's campy on-camera charm will be sorely disappointed.
  7. The result: a CD without hooks, impressive guitar pyrotechnics, or anything else, really. [Sep 2006, p.226]
  8. (ONe) is decidedly safe and anything but experimental.
  9. The Panic Channel... never quite click. [9 Sep 2006, p.37]
  10. 40
    Distinctly average. [Oct 2006, p.119]
  11. 30
    Isaacs’s indistinct, flannel-waving wail doesn’t add anything to these titanic anthems of soul and struggle, which don’t say much beyond: Dave Navarro, still breathing, still taking meetings.
  12. Sounds a lot like a collection of rejected Foo Fighters tunes. [7 Sep 2006, p.107]
  13. Perhaps the worst aspect of ONe is how on autopilot the band sounds. Even the flat-out rockers – like the opener, 'Teahouse Of The Spirits' – contain no guitar pyrotechnics and come off sounding limp and perfunctory.
  14. 20
    Could pass for a load of Stone Temple Pilots B-sides. [Sep 2006, p.106]
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 37
  2. Negative: 18 out of 37
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 22, 2008
    1
    Anyone who has to use 'Avril Lavigne' as why this album is good automatically has an invalid opinion. This album is disgusting.
  2. AndrewB
    May 17, 2007
    10
    I saw them on both tours and they are without doubt one of the best rock bands to come out in the last decade.. I have seen Jane's I saw them on both tours and they are without doubt one of the best rock bands to come out in the last decade.. I have seen Jane's Addiction live, I have seen RHCP live MANY times, Grateful Dead, etc.. I can honestly say that The Panic Channel is AMAZING live and if you didn't appreciate this album then you should probably go back and listen to it while inebriated with alot of hot girls dancing around you.. lighten up people.. this music is incredible, I would challenge you to make something that can even come close to matching it's beautiful delicate and forceful nature.. --verylittledaylight. Full Review »
  3. RyleeS
    Apr 28, 2007
    8
    No one ever said an album had to be original to be good. In fact, Avril Lavigne's new album "The Best Damn Thing" is good proof of this. No one ever said an album had to be original to be good. In fact, Avril Lavigne's new album "The Best Damn Thing" is good proof of this. So, in this case, is The Panic Channel's debut, "(One)". In no way, shape or form does this album break any ground, but it sure stands the ground it's on. The riffs are driving and melodic, perfect for Top 40 radio...in 1997, not 2007. But the combination of Steve Isaacs soaring vocals, lyrics that reach out to almost anyone of any age (especially the slower tune like "She Won't Last" and the single, "Why Cry") and the energy with which it is all executed make the fact that this album wouldn't have broken any ground 10 years ago perfectly alright. Full Review »