User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. MacM
    May 12, 2004
    10
    The best party album ever!... Ok, that's an obnoxious and lazy over-exaggeration. It's a bloody good party album with not one duff track.
  2. JeffB.
    Aug 13, 2002
    7
    Fine compilation of a typically overhyped and overblown period in UK rock -- the new New Order track is excellent.
  3. NealS.
    Apr 20, 2007
    8
    A great sample of what Factory were putting out at that time. And guys, The Stone Roses, were not on Factory. Which is probably why they didnt get a showing.
  4. N.Batista
    Nov 24, 2002
    10
    I already had the songs as a consequence of apreciating the Manchester music scene of the 70s and 80s. Of course, not having the Stone Roses present is a major gap that shouldn´t exist. Hacienda forever.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    Nearly every song here can be called seminal without the slightest flinch. [Oct 2002, p.102]
  2. The collection is both definitive and diverse.
  3. 80
    The album's sole fault (if you can call it that) is a tendency to stick with sure-fire classics. [Aug 2002, p.78]