Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
Buy On
  1. Record Collection is more than just an homage to style: The writing is diverse and thoughtful, and the contributors are used in such a way that they're allowed to show off without showing up the songs.
  2. On Record Collection, Mark Ronson again recruits a motley crew of vocalists, including R&B recluse D'Angelo.
  3. The ultimate irony and triumph of Record Collection, is that on an album all about how Ronson's own obsessive music tastes have defined his life, we finally hear him step away from the turntable and produce one of the best albums of his career.
  4. Mojo
    80
    There's no desperation here, just the sound of a fortunate man having a huge amount of fun. [Oct 2010, p.95]
  5. The highlights here are too many to mention. With Record Collection, Ronson proves that he can succeed without gimmicks. And in doing so, he reaches newfound heights.
  6. 70
    Wisely, the album flows like a mixtape rather than a stab at artistic self-definition, with Brooklyn funk band the Dap Kings laying down a unifying groove and Ronson's love of vintage '80s synthesizers providing a stylistic through line.
  7. It could be a messy grab bag, but Record Collection hangs together as an album. Ronson is the rare DJ-producer who is as fluent with melodies as he is with beats.
  8. Record Collection is an accomplished piece of work, but you have to wonder whether Ronson'd be able to achieve something of a similar magnitude and quality if he was left alone in a recording studio; no guests, no help, no connections.
  9. And so paranoia produces, if not a great album, a respectable transition from love-him-or-hate-him brass-toting berk into a genuine, bonafide pop maverick.
  10. The problem with having so many different voices writing and performing is that Record Collection sounds like just that – a lot of different things plonked on a shelf that have their time and place but sound distractingly disparate when grouped together.
  11. As on Ronson's last album, Record Collection is sometimes bogged down by interesting but ultimately pointless brief instrumental interludes. But like anyone's record collection, Record Collection has more hits than misses. It's future pop with a foot firmly in the past.
  12. Ronson's strength has always been in surrounding himself with like-minded artists, both burgeoning and established, and that's largely true on Record Collection, a typically ambitious if uneven effort.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    6
    Nothing much to hear here, move along... That's what I did. Occasional snippets of interest in a blancmange of generic... Oh, yawn, I cantNothing much to hear here, move along... That's what I did. Occasional snippets of interest in a blancmange of generic... Oh, yawn, I cant be bothered, other than to ponder whether 'The Bike Song' is a failed 70's novelty song? Full Review »