Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    May be Jackson's best work to date.... Playgroup is effortlessly retro, without sounding dated. [Apr 2002, p.80]
  2. 80
    His most impressive sound collage yet.
  3. Urb
    70
    A fabulous freeform fiesta of punky reggae and funky dance-pop. [Mar 2002, p.120]
  4. The album favors songs over tracks, taking a rewind approach to a time before dance music took on dutifully functional connotations.
  5. This is an album where the magic is all in the details: the exquisite interplay of different drum sounds, the textural alternation of succulent and crisp. The songs are merely serviceable.
  6. Throughout, Jackson digs deep into his sources and parties all the time.
  7. Spin
    70
    When it all cooks properly, as on the sultry, sweaty "Number One," Jackson's retro pastiches generate steam heat. [May 2002, p.125]
  8. Coming up in the discothèque all disco/not-disco, Jackson's perspicacious hindsight gazes back to what was winning back in the day, now dragging it into the drag-and-drop to create pro-tooled playlist pop, its parts glued together into a seamless, shiny, mirroring whole.
  9. By co-opting and debasing punk-disco's vitality and sincerity and thereby rendering the style accessible to the botox-and-bulimia set, Jackson betrays the visions of those whose ecstatically powerful music he lavishly degrades.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. SophieC
    Apr 3, 2005
    8
    8 purely because i love the fatboy remix of front2back. It's on the Blue Crush soundtrack and always reminds me of summer parties.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Feb 18, 2005
    8
    Wonderful,original and every track is good.
  3. MichaelS.
    Apr 11, 2002
    3
    Almost unlistenable. I am always interested in the work of Edwyn Colins but the Bass is so strong on this it punishes the ears and throws off Almost unlistenable. I am always interested in the work of Edwyn Colins but the Bass is so strong on this it punishes the ears and throws off the balance of every song. Interesting cover of Paul Simon's "50 ways to leave your lover" with Shinehead on vocals. Buy the single instead. Full Review »