Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. The group's most consistently rewarding album since 1993's "Very."
  2. Release couldn't be more lovely if it tried.
  3. 80
    Equal parts wit, heartbreak, cool... and potential commercial suicide. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.112]
  4. 80
    The Boys unleash some of their most sublime and accessible material in years.
  5. 70
    Release slowly unfolds with a sparse elegance, resonating as the detached dance-popsmiths' finest complete album in a decade. [June 2002, p.90]
  6. 50
    Half of Release feels like an old routine -- looming melancholy and not-quite-cheery disco by the pound. [Apr 2002, p.108]
  7. This is a long soft sigh of an album, suggesting not a sudden relief of pressure but just a pleasant exclamation of contentment.
  8. The new "proper band" architecture well suits these touching, often funny songs. [Apr 2002, p.119]
  9. Admirers of melodic craft and pointed poetry -- even those stricken with synth-pop allergies -- should consider Release.
  10. A plaintive 10-song set, and the group's most consistent album since 1993's classic Very.
  11. 60
    The album stands or falls by the seductiveness of its atmospheres and the memorability of its hooks--and here, it must be said, Release fails to imprint itself, leaving an impression mainly of dejected weariness. [May 2002, p.95]
  12. Release sounds at once like a last gasp and a reinvention, which makes it all the more moving.
  13. Eventually, the tunes fall into place. What never materialize in sufficient number are the billowing climaxes and cutting remarks that mark their best albums, meaning most of them.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JoergD
    Jan 31, 2005
    Marvellous record ! Some really great lyrics and beautiful songs !
  2. TrixieMixed
    Jan 27, 2005
    Beautiful Album......Excellent listening.