Ritual

  • Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Jan 18, 2011
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
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  1. Jan 20, 2011
    25
    Problem is, for the second straight album, they do so with the same exact set of tools as every other band in this sphere. So critiquing Ritual threatens to be a process of listing obvious influences that's just as dull as actually listening to the thing.
  2. Jan 21, 2011
    30
    Unfortunately, they're not quite tall enough yet to ride the same coaster as Editors, much less Interpol, much, much less Joy Division.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 22, 2011
    8
    Not as good as TLML but definitely not that bad!
    so track by track:
    Is love? - boring from the start but then it shows as one of the album's
    Not as good as TLML but definitely not that bad!
    so track by track:
    Is love? - boring from the start but then it shows as one of the album's highlights
    strangers - catchy but unoriginal and repetitive
    bigger than us - great choice for first single one of better songs
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  2. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    Do not listen to the critics. There is a reason this band play sell out shows and this is it. Totally immense. The album starts strong and itDo not listen to the critics. There is a reason this band play sell out shows and this is it. Totally immense. The album starts strong and it ends strong, it just never lets up. A must have. Full Review »
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    5
    Sadly, not their best work, although scattered with some great songs. I feel the band left their signature sound heard on TLML, thankfullySadly, not their best work, although scattered with some great songs. I feel the band left their signature sound heard on TLML, thankfully rekindled on their third album 'Big TV'. 'Better Than Us' an incredible song. Full Review »