Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Palookaville is every bit as rewarding an experience when taken as a cohesive unit as the best songs are when taken individually.
  2. 76
    The last few numbers droop, and as a whole, the record sinks a little from the weight of all that goddamn goodwill. [#12, p.98]
  3. Palookaville will surprise you.
  4. 75
    As usual, his willingness to please gives the disc its fast-food kick. [Oct 2004, p.113]
  5. Palookaville could stand one more trimming pass, but it gives Cook's canon the needed depth.
  6. Essentially, Fatboy Slim is doing little more than repeating his past, but the quality here doesn't suffer for that. [Nov 2004, p.120]
  7. 60
    That gloriously stupid clod-hopping mash-up formula remains. [Nov 2004, p.99]
  8. It's not enough this time around, though, simply to tack on computer-generated beats. Luckily, the "live" half suggests that he knows this and is addressing the problem.
  9. Offers yet more fun funk/blues-rock mashups for unpretentious gatherings of all sorts. [Nov 2004, p.156]
  10. Even the songs that rise above the simple looped-beat formula don’t have much to offer.
  11. Halfway between a fraternity kegger and a housewarming party.
  12. His party jams... feel half-cocked, like Cook can't quite commit to the moment. [8 Oct 2004, p.114]
  13. The paucity of innovative ideas, reliance on old recipes and directionless experimenting make for a fairly tasteless repaste.
  14. Slim still loves blabbing repetition and dropping yapping vocal samples into the gobs of the dull, and this helps make Palookaville less a reformation than merely his latest and quite bland big beat manifesto.
  15. 40
    While there's some inspired moments, much should've been discarded on son Woody's bedroom floor. [Oct 2004, p.104]
  16. 40
    Cook's dance music has seen better days. [Oct 2004, p.115]
  17. 40
    The big idea of real instruments and real people is a step backwards. [Oct 2004, p.102]
  18. The parallels with The Prodigy’s similarly dreadful Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned abound, but the difference here is where The Prodigy’s album was just offensively bad at every corner, here Norman Cook seems to be striving to make the most mediocre album humanly possible.
  19. Palookaville's highlights promise the sweat and smiles that have become Fatboy Slim's stock in trade, but its surprisingly dull lulls offer nothing more promising than a blank expression.
  20. Fatboy hasn't stopped pandering to his core crowd of fun-loving jalapeno-poppers. [14 Oct 2004, p.99]
  21. Doomed to lurk unplayed at the back of your collection. [2 Oct 2004, p.64]
  22. Songs too slow to dance to and too annoyingly repetitive for passive listening.
  23. His... worst album to date. [#7]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. andreil
    Oct 16, 2004
    10
    This is going to be seen as a landmark album in the future, nearly every track is a gem.
  2. Sep 26, 2012
    0
    This album is not Fatboy Slim, he should've changed his name to Careeristhiphopgarbage-Slim, he hired some untalented rapper to rap his poorThis album is not Fatboy Slim, he should've changed his name to Careeristhiphopgarbage-Slim, he hired some untalented rapper to rap his poor lyrics, a little of it is catchy, and even less in fun. Full Review »
  3. Michael
    Nov 19, 2004
    8
    This album is vastly underrated...ignore the negative reviews...this album is great...much more chilled out than his previous albums....you This album is vastly underrated...ignore the negative reviews...this album is great...much more chilled out than his previous albums....you can listen to it over and over without getting tired of it...the best song IMO is the cover of Steve Miller's The Joker featuring Bootsy Collins....very catchy and funky...it's destined to be a major hit...other highlights are "Put It Back Together" featuring Damon Albarn of Blur and "It's a Wonderful Night" Full Review »