Phantom Punch

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Mostly what's missing is a dash of original thinking: without it, the album struggles to rise above the ordinary.
  2. Phantom Punch is a wobbly ride through tracks that, for the most part, hiss and snarl with the leather-jacket swagger of his garagey backing band while Lerche either nervously essays a pseudo-rock "growl" over top or reverts to his customary loungey warble, both of which sound equally absurd.
  3. Punch buries its best shots behind too much guitar and gratuitous arrangements.
  4. For all the progress the record represents, Punch is a schizophrenic release.
  5. Thoroughly enjoyable though it is, Phantom Punchalso feels a little lightweight.
  6. Spin
    60
    Though the hooks and melodies are spread a little thin... Lerche still has a convincing charm in his lighter, acoustic moments. [Feb 2007, p.84]
  7. Paste Magazine
    60
    His grittiest, least-ethereal long-player to date. [Feb 2007, p.58]
  8. Billboard
    60
    Lerche seems headed in a promising musical direction, but not all the songs here pack the expected punch. [10 Feb 2007]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. RafaelZ
    May 13, 2007
    10
    inustice. this singer rox a lot. cheers!
  2. AnnaL
    Mar 18, 2007
    10
    Admittedly, the songs are much, much better when you are hearing them live, but Sondre Lerche can sing his Norwegian arse off. I would very Admittedly, the songs are much, much better when you are hearing them live, but Sondre Lerche can sing his Norwegian arse off. I would very highly recommend this album. Full Review »
  3. FábioP
    Feb 19, 2007
    9
    Great CD, but less than his predecessor: Duper Sessions