• Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: Sep 1, 2009
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Originality, nostalgia, sincerity, camp--none of these are stable elements in Datarock’s world, which may explain why Red comes across as well as it does.
  2. Uncut
    80
    Good fun. [July 2009, p.84]
  3. 80
    The guys seem like they want to prove they are not just a regular dance band, and in that way they succeed, even including a spoken word piece about one’s concern of the great unknown ('Fear of Death').
  4. Filter
    74
    If you're looking to get into overly-produced songs that ponder Molly Ringwald-levels of culture, there's something here for you. But if you're looking to jusr sit back and ge lost in an electro blaze of glory well, that's here, too. [Summer 2009, p.93]
  5. Red contains no clunkers, only lukewarm forays that further convince me this band can nail any sound they want, cheekiness be damned.
  6. If it's feel good, throwaway pop music you're after, you'd be well advised to leave your inhibitions at the door and join them.
  7. Under The Radar
    70
    Datarock is moving "Back to the Future," leaving the rest of us panting iin their wake. [Summer 2009, p.60]
  8. Red may only be a fleetingly satisfying confection, but maybe that was the plan all along.
  9. Q Magazine
    60
    It's pastiche, certainly, but of a pleasingly arresting kind. [Jul 2009, p.118]
  10. Red was probably meant to run rings around listeners while the duo wore the Cheshire’s cat grin beneath their pokerfaces. Unfortunately it doesn’t really make the cut.
  11. The biggest problem with Red is that as obvious as Datarock's aesthetic is, it's still boring, and it doesn't stick to the tracks at all.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. drunkenstepdad
    Sep 10, 2009
    10
    Great f'n bar band,clever devils too - go see 'um.