Road To Rouen

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24

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  1. StephenD
    Feb 21, 2007
    Incredibly disappointing from a band who used to be so exciting. Bland. One or two moments where you can tell that there is a good songwriter there. They need to work harder if they are to achieve anything else in their career. Complete lack of effort from a moribund band. I really hope they prove me wrong...
  2. billr
    Oct 4, 2005
    Very boring all around. After making 4 superb albums, they've fallen to cowtailing to popular taste and have taken on a Franz Ferdinand-like sound. Puke. I'm very disappointed and glad i never bought this album prior to hearing it (i almost did. whew!) i liked them better snotty, full of attitude and rockin'. Road to Rouen makes me want to go to bed. 'Nuff said.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. They have never shown such control on a record before -- previously, their best albums were exciting because they went all over the place, and did it well -- and it's quite intoxicating to hear them ride one groove, finding different variations within it, for an entire album.
  2. A beginning to end enchanting and addictive album.
  3. It seems they’ve not only gone and made that sensible and mature fifth album that every band past their sell-by date inflicts on their effervescently loyal fans, they’ve actually made a record that would be more appropriate in an old folks’ home than your local indie niterie.