Panic Prevention

  • Record Label: Caroline
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2007
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Panic Prevention isn't much better than its best three or four songs, and it's due to Jamie T.'s stubborn insistence on being understood only by himself, or perhaps a precious few in his coterie.
  2. For all the one-paced nature of its songwriting, wilfully lo-fi production values, inevitable Lily Allen comparisons and grating larynx, Panic Prevention is still an enthralling debut, and one that says infinitely more about the life of young Londoners than any amount of Bloc Party seriousness.
  3. What Treays has in abundance, and what Allsopp lacks, is original ideas and memorable hooks.
  4. 60
    Yet Jamie T is a pop nihilist, to the degree where his lackadaisical lyrical knack, indolent hooks and skeletal beats give the listener a peep into what it truly means to be the average, youthful bloke.
  5. Spin
    60
    When he sticks to cheeky storytelling, the album gains grimy traction, but empty dirges like 'Pacemaker' send it drifting into novelty territory. [Oct 2007, p.112]
  6. you've heard them before. But it's not enough to sustain interest. The dead spaces in between just feel flatter in comparison, and those same hooks end up feeling disposable. It's a sharp, quick-burn of an attraction.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KomradA
    Aug 11, 2009
    9
    Even until now it is an Album i can throw in when in doubt. In my Top 10 for sho. My first impression was less than stellar but this album Even until now it is an Album i can throw in when in doubt. In my Top 10 for sho. My first impression was less than stellar but this album grew into greatness for me. Highly recommended, in line with the streets, but far more revealing. Full Review »
  2. Mike
    Dec 23, 2007
    10
    This album is fantastic, one of the best of the year. So much fun to listen to and so varied. Not sure why it is only a 71.
  3. WillC
    Dec 17, 2007
    10
    Wildly inventive pop genius. Jamie T is a legend.